Sivers, Brenda. Illustrated by Shirley Hughes.
Title THE SNAILMAN.
Publisher Little, Brown, Boston, 1978, first U.S. edition.
Seller ID 20585
118 pp, 8vo (8 3/16" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 0316791180 B&w illustrations. "....the village children taunt the strange man who asks only to be left alone. 'He's weird. Funny in the head. So would you be if you kept snails for pets' , the villagers whisper. Eleven-year-old Timothy, a newcomer to the village, imagines the snailman must be a hideous cross between Frankenstein and the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Since his family's move from London, Timothy has made no frie n d s - a n d the boys next door seem to enjoy nothing so much as bullying him. He becomes obsessed by the mysterious hermit whom he's never seen. Finally, driven by loneliness and curiosity, Timothy approaches the snailman. He discovers in th e hu ge , u g ly m an a gentle friend, someone he can trust and turn to when his parents quarrel or when the children at school are spiteful. He wants to keep their friendship a secret, but when the villagers bring a serious charge against the s na ilm an, T imo th y k now s h e must come to his friend's defense. This is a moving story about two lonely people - a young boy and the village outcast - and how they help each other." Very tiny foxing specks on top of textblock, light wrinklin g a t to p/bo tto m of sp ine. Du st j acket is price clipped, has light edge wear at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, moderate rubbing/soiling, a few very small edge tears. Very Good/Good+