My Pet Rattlesnake
By Joe Hayes
Illustrated by Antonio Castro L.
One day little Joe sees a rattlesnake in trouble and saves the snake's life. Things start to get weird when the rattler follows Joe home. It's only a rattlesnake, nothing new for a desert boy like Joe, so he keeps him as a pet. His dad is annoyed and the neighbors are terrified, but soon the friendly snake slithers his way into their hearts. The snake cuddles at the foot of Joe's bed, plays in the yard, and even scares away a burglar and alarms the police--what a charmer!
Is there really such a thing as cold-blooded love?
About the Creators
Joe Hayes is one of America's premier storytellers. He grew up in a small town in southern Arizona where he started learning Spanish from his classmates. As Joe got older, he began reading the work of folklorists and anthropologists and gathering the old stories from the Southwest region. His books have received the Arizona Young Readers Award, two Land of Enchantment Children's Book Awards, the Texas Bluebonnet award, and the National Storytelling Network Talking Leaves Award. He lives in New Mexico.
Antonio Castro Lopez (L.) was born in Zacatecas, Mexico and has lived in the Juarez-El Paso area for most of his life. He has illustrated dozens of childrens' books including Barry, the Bravest Saint Bernard (Random House), Pajaro Verde, The Treasure on Gold Street, The Day It Snowed Tortillas and The Gum-Chewing Rattler (Cinco Puntos Press). His artwork for My Tata's Remedies/Los remedios de mi tata won a Pura Belpré Honor for illustration.