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Getting to Know Matrix and Blaze, written by Dan Kunz and illustrated by Leslie Osmont, is the story of Danny’s trip to the art museum where he meets two talking snakes and learns about how they eat and grow, where they live, when they sleep, and why they like people. Matrix and Blaze are pets, so Danny has to ask permission before he touches them. Both are constrictors, who wrap themselves around Danny’s hand, sort of like a hug, to keep themselves stable. They answer all of Danny’s questions about snakes, like how long they live, and how long they grow, and how long it takes for them to shed their skins. These snakes are very friendly and patient, and they don’t bite or have venom that could make people sick.
The snakes in Getting to Know Matrix and Blaze by Dan Kunz are Grey Banded King snakes. These constrictor snakes eat their food whole, head-first, and they only eat once a week. When Danny holds one of the snakes, he notices that the snake feels cool. The snake explains that he is cold-blooded, which means his temperature changes with the temperature of the surrounding air. Sometimes he is warm and sometimes he is cold. This is a good book for children who are curious about snakes. After reading this book, many children will want to meet snakes and hold them, just like Danny. The pictures make the snakes look happy and friendly. But, be warned – don’t challenge a snake to a staring contest. The snake will always win.