Serge the Snail Without a Shell

27may11:00 am11:20 amSerge the Snail Without a Shellwith Harriet Alida Lye

Speakers for this event

  • Harriet Alida Lye

    Harriet Alida Lye


    Harriet Alida Lye is the author of three books for grown-ups but this is her first for kids, and she’s excited to be able to read her work to her children. Her favourite food is apples–she has only eaten a snail one time, and never, ever a slug. She lives in Toronto.



Event Details

Serge the Snail Without a Shell
Harriet Alida Lye & Rosa Rankin-Gee

Serge is not like the snails at school. They call him a horrible name—slug—and even though that’s entirely what he is, he wishes for a shell of his own.

Feeling like an outcast, Serge sets off on a solo adventure in search of the elusive shell that will make a perfect home—and make him just like everybody else. After some much-needed advice from his friend Fish, he finds himself at the ocean, where many options await: “Big shells and teeny shells/ All the in-betweeny shells/ Pyramid and swirly shells/Altogether curly shells!”

But can Serge find the perfect shell, or is he destined to be different forever?

A charming, lyrical story with bouncy text, whimsically illustrated by artist Andrea Blinick, Serge the Snail Without A Shell puts a modern twist on a tale as old as time: trying to fit in at all costs, before realizing that maybe being yourself is best of all.


(Saturday) 11:00 am - 11:20 am