Where Do You Live Snail? by Petr Horacek

Where Do You Live Snail?

Written by Petr Horacek
Part of the Baby Walker Series

Baby and Toddler   3+ readers   
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Animal homes of all kinds are introduced in the boldly coloured illustrations to this chunky board book. The little mouse lives in a hole, the fluffy bird lives in a nest in a tree. The snail carries its house around with it on its back so it has a home wherever it goes. Turning the wheel shows the snail at home at different times.


Where Do You Live Snail? by Petr Horacek

This is a turn-the-wheel concept book from the award-winning Petr Horacek. The surprise comes at the end, when the fun turn-the-wheel device reveals that Snail's home is on his back and he takes it with him everywhere.

It includes a turn-the-wheel element, designed to engage attention and improve co-ordination.

Petr Horacek has been shortlisted for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal.


The thinking tot's Eric Carle. Washington Post

About the Author

Petr Horacek

Petr Horacek trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague before becoming a graphic designer, illustrator and painter. He won the Books for Children Newcomer Award with Strawberries Are Red and What Is Black and White? He is also the creator of the loveable Suzy Goose character who has featured in Silly Suzy Goose, Look Out, Suzy Goose and Suzy Goose and the Christmas Star. Born in Czechoslovakia, Petr now lives in Worcestershire with his wife and two daughters. Click here to read an interview with Petr.

As a child

"I grew up in Prague in the Czech Republic. Just outside our flat there was a wood where I spent lots of time playing with friends. We would climb on piles of soil or build bunkers from forgotten builder’s materials. I always wanted to be an illustrator, but I preferred to look at the pictures inside the books rather than to read them. I would listen to the story or watch a film and then fill up my sketchbook with pictures and images from the story. I started to read books quite late, but I haven’t stopped since."

As an adult

"I studied at the Academy of Fine Art in Prague where I painted and drew for six years. Some of my pictures were as big as a double bed! Every autumn the teachers drove us to the countryside where they left us for a few weeks (once even a few months!) to paint and draw the landscape. Since then I have adored the autumn. One day an English girl called Claire came into my studio and before I knew it, I was living in England. We are married now and I love England, but it took me some time to learn English – in fact, I’m still learning."

As an artist

"My two daughters Tereza and Cecilia are the biggest inspiration for my work. I started to work on children’s books when Tereza was born. For my first books, Strawberries are Red and What is Black and White?, I received the Books for Children Newcomer Award 2001. It was presented to me in a restaurant and we had a nice lunch. I still remember the lunch and I still have the trophy. I like doing novelty books best. I think it’s very exciting looking through the holes in the pages and seeing what will happen if I turn one more page!

Things you didn't know about Petr Horacek

I love children's drawings.
I love looking at the sky.
I love walking in woods and picking mushrooms.
I love snow and I know how to ski.
I love cakes (any cakes!) and vanilla ice cream (or any other ice cream!).
I love playing tennis and I play as much as I can.
I love watching people walking their dogs.
I love music – from the very old to the very loud and rattley.
I love listening to the radio. I record programmes I can't listen to, then pile the recorded tapes on top of my hi-fi.
I can't spell. (It's rather embarrassing.)

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Book Info


Board book
16 pages
Interest Age: From 1


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

1st August 2014




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