'My Snake Blake'
By Randy Siegel, illustrated by Serge Bloch
Roaring Brook Press/A Neal Porter Book, $16.99, ages 4-6
From the cover on, green and red dominate. The red brings warmth to a boy's receiving of an "Early Birthday" present, bright green Blake, "a perfectly polite, delightful snake," who slips and slides across the pages. Blake is the forbidden fruit of pet paradise, the one your parents would never let you get. Blake helps with homework and with unwanted Brussels sprouts, and offers trivia facts about, who else, "Kenny 'The Snake' Stabler." A dream come firstname.lastname@example.org