The Story of a Snail Who Discovered the Importance of Being Slow

By Luis Sepúlveda

Illustrated by Satoshi Kitamura

Translated by Nick Caistor

Age range: 8–9; Book Band Y4/P5; Brown B; Emerald

ISBN: 9781846884139

128 pages

RRP: £7.19


In Dandelion Land, a young snail can’t stop asking his friends awkward questions, such as: why are we so slow – and why can’t we all have our own names? When he is finally banished from the snail community because of this, he is forced to travel the world alone. As he explores in his oh-so-slow way, the snail makes new friends and goes on a series of adventures, gaining wisdom from every new encounter. But when he finds out his friends are in danger, he decides to rush home to warn them. Will he get there in time to save them?

Luis Sepúlveda’s bestselling The Story of a Snail Who Discovered the Importance of Being Slow is a wonderful ode to diversity and unity, celebrating the importance of being slow in a world obsessed with speed.

Read an interview with Luis Sepúlveda here


  • This is a phenomenally wonderful story … this is a true gem that can be used as an example of what quality storytelling should be about.

    Marzena Currie
    The School Librarian

  • A touching, thought-provoking story

    The Primary Times

Luis Sepúlveda

Born in Santiago, Chile, Luis Sepúlveda is the multi-award-winning author of many adult novels and stories for children. The Story of a Seagull and The Cat Who Taught Her to Fly has been translated in over 40 countries with several film and theatre adaptations.

Read an interview with Luis Sepúlveda here