The Tale of Sybil Snake

The Tale of Sybil Snake

5 out of 5 based on 1 customer rating
(1 customer review)


Everybody adores Sybil Snake – she’s beautiful, clever and extremely charming. But all is not as it seems in the Emperor’s menagerie, and Sybil is more of an enchantress than meets the eye! A tale of mystery, missing treasure and the extraordinary magic of love. Ssss…sss…ss…s…s…s…

Features the Legend of Lady White Snake, the true story of Wu Zetian (China’s only female Emperor) and Kublai Khan’s famous menagerie.

Age range 7 to 12 years.

“Once again Sarah Brennan and Harry Harrison have hissed new life and colour into an ancient Chinese legend… This charmingly haunting (and hauntingly charming) tale will delight readers and snake-lovers of all ages.” John Carroll, Professor of History, University of Hong Kong.

“Sarah Brennan’s work is a meeting between traditional Asian narratives and the universal taste of children for graphic stories. The tale-telling gifts shown in these books, along with the exuberance of the language and rhymes, make them unique in children’s literature.” Tom Keneally, author of Schindler’s Ark and Ned Kelly and the City of Bees




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Additional Information

Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 23 x 25.5 cm



Soft cover with spine and laminated hotspot; 36pp

1 review for The Tale of Sybil Snake

  1. 5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I ran across this book in 2013 while in HK for a work trip and took it home to read to my toddler son. It quickly became a household favorite. It is fun to read for the parents — filled with colorful (and advanced) vocabulary and rhyming. “Ka-ping, ka-pong, ka-ping, ka-pong, he bounced his golden ball” — favorite page! The detailed illustrations leave so much for our (now two) kids to look at. And our kids appreciate the dark humor as well. I recommend this entire series. Sibel was our first; we wore our copy out and bought a second. And we ended up collecting the entire series. We get them as gifts for our friends with young children – buying the book that matches their child’s Chinese Calendar animal. Highly recommend these books.

    Side note: As an American, it’s also fun to come across the rare occasion when the rhyming doesn’t match with our American pronunciation — “been” and “queen” for instance, which don’t rhyme in American English. (The kids don’t usually catch on though.) I like these moments, because it reminds me of how unique English pronunciations are.

    • :

      Thanks for the lovely comments Birgit! The Tale of Sybil Snake is rather a favourite of mine too – it’s the girl power book in the series!

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