True friendship means helping friends overcome their fears – even when that friend happens to be a red-spotted yellow snake named Otis!

Anna and Otis are great friends who love to play games and run around their beloved garden, but when Anna suggests a new adventure outside of the house for once, Otis worries about people fearing him.

In this endearing story about bravery, confidence, and inclusion, author Maisie Paradise Shearring illustrates the power of friendship between two unlikely characters. Readers can join Shearring in a fun, serpentine-themed storytelling session, followed by a craft session where kids will make snakes out of wooden spoons.

About The Author

Maisie Paradise Shearring

Maisie Paradise Shearring was born in Hull, Yorkshire. She graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art in 2013 with a First Class Hons BA in Illustration. She then gained a Distinction for her MA in Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art. In 2015 Maisie won the International Award for Illustration at Bologna Children’s Book Fair.