Verdi by Janell CannonVerdi by Janell Cannon


byJanell Cannon

Hardcover | February 1, 2001

Pricing and Purchase Info

$17.16 online 
$25.50 list price save 32%
Earn 86 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


Young Verdi doesn't want to grow up big and green. He likes his bright yellow skin and sporty stripes. Besides, all the green snakes he meets are lazy, boring, and rude. When Verdi finds a pale green stripe stretching along his whole body, he tries every trick he can think of to get rid of it - and ends up in a heap of trouble. Despite his efforts, Verdi turns green, but to his delight, he discovers that being green doesn't mean he has to stop being himself. 'Cannon is on a roll, her gift for creating memorable characters and scenes on glorious display in this tale of a feisty python hatchling.' - Publishers Weekly
Janell Cannon's picture books have won many awards and are beloved around the world. She is the author and illustrator of Verdi, Crickwing, Pinduli, and the long-time bestselling classic Stellaluna . Born and raised in Minnesota, Ms. Cannon now lives in Southern California.
Title:VerdiFormat:HardcoverDimensions:48 pages, 10 × 10 × 0.37 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0152010289

ISBN - 13:9780152010287

Appropriate for ages: 4


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Verdi is the Favourite A favourite must on my kids' bookshelf. Beautiful pictures and a great story.
Date published: 2014-07-27

From Our Editors

It's not fun being green. Having a bright yellow, snazzy-striped skin is where it's at for Verdi, the young python with no desire to mature. All those green snakes are as boring as the trees they sit in all day! Verdi's determined to keep his zippy, zany lifestyle - until he has an accident. Eventually, graceful age claims Verdi too, but as he demonstrates his famous figure eight for a couple of yellow youngsters, he feels that slowing down to enjoy life isn't so bad! Verdi once again blends the worlds of science and magic in award-winning Janell Cannon's style, so popular in Stellaluna.

Editorial Reviews

Grade 1-3?Verdi, a python hatchling, is born a splendid, vibrant yellow with zig-zagging stripes and is determined not to turn green, as all his folk eventually do. His jungle-green elders seem boring and lazy to Verdi, who loves flinging himself from the treetops. He gets himself out of one scrape and into another, until a bad injury sobers him. He comes to enjoy the camouflaging green that eventually creeps over him, but he's still "Verdi"?maybe a little more sedate, but never dull. Cannon's layout and illustrations are similar to those in her popular Stellaluna (Harcourt, 1993), with stunningly realistic and vibrant pictures in acrylic and pencil that feature bright greens and yellows. Each full-page, color illustration faces a white page with text and a black-and-white spot drawing and border. Some double-page spreads provide breaks in the generally well-paced story. Verdi is an easy-to-like character, and the pictures convey his exuberance and carry the story where the text occasionally falters. A page of "Snake Notes" at the end provides background information. A great read-aloud or read-alone.?Nina Lindsay, Vista School, Albany, CA