My Pet Rattlesnake

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Pub Date: 06/24/2014

Pages: 32

Trim: 9 x 11

Publisher: Cinco Puntos Press

Imprint: Cinco Puntos Press

ISBN 13: 9781935955610

ISBN 10: 1935955616

Price: $16.95 / $22.99 CAN

Category: JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories

My Pet Rattlesnake

By Joe Hayes, Antonio Castro L.

Price: $16.95

About the Book

Joe Hayes is back with another unbelievable, astounding, and totally true tall tale, straight from his own childhood in the Arizona desert.

One day little Joe is out in the desert, walking around, and he sees a rattlesnake in trouble. Joe saves the snake's life! That's when things get weird. The rattler follows Joe home. My gosh! It's only a rattlesnake, nothing new for a desert boy like Joe, so he keeps him for a pet. His dad is annoyed, 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, he even scares away a burglar and alarms the police. What a charmer! Is there really such a thing as cold-blooded love?

Joe Hayes, a children's book writer and one of America's premier storytellers, loves telling tall tales from growing up in Arizona. Whether it's writing stories or telling stories from the tri-cultural American Southwest, Joe is always at home celebrating the imagination of childhood. The New Mexico Library Association named Joe the Centennial Storyteller in 2010, a storyteller so good he only comes around once every one hundred years!

Antonio Castro L. was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and has lived in the Juarez–El Paso area for most of his life. The illustrator of dozens of children's books, this is his fourth collaboration with Joe. He and his son book designer Antonio H. work on his books as a team.

About the Book

This time it's the truth—we swear! Joe's tall tales are always true. Ha!


Joe Hayes is one of America's premier storytellers. He grew up in a small town in southern Arizona where he learned Spanish from his classmates. As he got older, Joe began gathering old stories from the Southwest. Joe has earned a distinctive role as a bilingual storyteller. Joseph Daniel Fiedler was born and raised in the Appalachian hill country of Western Pennsylvania. He attended the Ivy School of Professional Art and Carnegie Mellon University. His work has appeared in numberous national and international publications, including Time and Business Week, and he is the recipient of a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators for book illustration.


Southwest Book of the Year, 2014, Pima County Public Library