The Snail and the King

by | Mar 18, 2024 | Giveaway, Picture Books, Reviews | 0 comments

The Snail and the King by Fr Peregrine

Have you seen the brand new picture book from the author and illustrator of My Name is Philomena? The Snail and the King will be released tomorrow, March 19th, just in time for Easter!

Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of The Snail and the King, where Fr. Peregrine Fletcher’s captivating narrative and stunning illustrations convey profound truths about faith, perseverance, and the boundless love of our Heavenly Father. This heartwarming tale is destined to become a cherished favorite among both young readers and those young at heart, inspiring a deeper longing for heaven and a joyful surrender to God’s divine plan.

A Reflection From the Author

“I first wrote the story eleven years ago. The story’s concept—a snail on long and difficult journey—came to mind came to mind while I was on a retreat discerning my vocation. Needless to say, I was feeling pretty slow, being twenty-five years old at the time and with little sense of clarity about my future. Yet in the midst of this struggle, I remember being struck by the confidence which the Scriptures and the saints place in our weakness. As God told St. Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor 12:9). In this same spirit, St. Therese wrote the following about God to her sister Marie:

What pleases Him is that He sees me loving my littleness and my poverty, the blind hope that I
have in His mercy… understand that to love Jesus, to be His victim of love, the weaker one
is…the more suited one is for the workings of this consuming and transforming love.


I had read verses and writings like this many times before, but now it was time to really live them out. However slow, God would lead me along His path and would continue to do so—through all of the twists, turns, and trials along the way. And with this is mind, I started feverishly drawing in a sketchbook, scribbling many ideas and images, until suddenly this story was born. For more than a decade it remained patiently in a sketchbook, and now I am pleased to be able to share the story with you.”

Read more here!

The Story

When all of the creatures of the wild are invited to King’s castle, a little snail sets out on his journey to the ship that will take him there. And with only three days until the ship sets sail, there isn’t a moment to lose! In this parable, join the snail on his exciting adventure through the wild and discover how he’s able to overcome many trials in order to meet the King.

Order a Copy or Enter Giveaway!

I’m eagerly looking forward to reading The Snail and the King to my children! One of them will discover it in their Easter Basket this year. Purchase a copy directly from Joannes Press or over at Amazon here.

Enter the giveaway I am hosting over at Instagram for a chance to win a signed copy!

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Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.


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