2 out of 4 stars
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Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!, written and illustrated by Len Foley, is a very interactive and colorful book. The first sentence in the story is, “Something stinks about this book.” We are then given a plethora of comical things that contribute to the foul odor. Of course, this list includes Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!
At the time of writing this review, this book is available on Kindle for $4.99 USD as well as a paperback book from Amazon.com for $7.95 USD. Foley’s target audience is children between the ages of 3-7. Sigfried’s Smelly Socks! received a Mom’s Choice Award. Despite it earning such a prestigious award, I still find the price a little expensive for such a brief read. I admit that the book is funny and thus may serve to enlighten young children on the pleasures of being an avid reader. However, I was not able to identify a strong moral lesson in this story. I believe children’s book should more than just make the readers giggle; they should give the children food for thought as well.
Nonetheless, there were several things about this book that I enjoyed. The formatting was on point. I found the font style attractive. The author also made keywords bold and in a bigger font than the rest. There were also playful rhymes throughout the story that made it seem as if I was reading a poem or a nursery rhyme. The diction in this book may present some challenge to some of the older ones in the target audience, but after a few times of assisted reading, the book becomes simple to read. However, there was one word that I had to look up- kraut. Kraut is a German word for ‘cabbage’ which was probably used to rhyme with ‘pass out’.
Once again, I must applaud the author and illustrator for putting together an illustration that really tied I well to the story. The way the story is told is heavily dependent on the illustration so if the pictures had not been appropriate the book would not have been as appealing.
In conclusion, I rate Sigfried’s Smelly Socks! 2 out of 4 stars. I would recommend this book to parents who wish to have a fun time reading with their young child/children. I thought of giving this book 3 stars instead but settled for 2 instead because of the previously mentioned lack of moral or educational appeal.
Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!
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