Wednesday 8 May 2013

Silly Sam

Silly Sam (Little Mates) by Susannah McFarlane, illustrated by Lachlan Creagh (Scholastic Australia)
PB RRP $4.99
ISBN 978-1-74283-737-6
Reviewed by Jenny Heslop

Sam is a sheep who loves to sing. More specifically, he loves to sing silly songs. But these songs are not always appreciated by his friends and Sam cannot find a place to sing until Sadie the sheepdog comes up with a perfect solution.

Young children will identify with Sam’s compulsion to make up silly words to songs, to singing them loudly and to wanting an audience. The illustrations are fun and there is plenty to discover in the detailed drawings including many things beginning with S which are not in the storyline. The text is amusing and there is much tongue twisting fun to be had when read aloud.

This is a great little set of books to collect. They are inexpensive, entertaining for littlies and have a nice Australian flavour which mostly avoids clich├ęd concepts and images. Silly Sam is the next book in the Little Mates Aussie alphabet series and is one of my favourites so far.

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