4 out of 4 stars
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Sigfried’s Smelly Socks! is a book written by Len Foley for kids aged between three to seven years. The book is made up of twenty-seven pages. The book was published in 2017 by New Horizon Health, Inc. The book is written in first person ‘point of view’.
The story revolves around a young boy who is trying to find out the reason as to why his book is smelling. He discovers that there are a lot of things that are making it to smell. The odor must be terrible given that there are several causes of the smell. After finding out why the book is smelling, he is caught by another smell emanating from under his bed. The smell is from the pile of unwashed socks he has been keeping beneath his bed. What will he do about the whole mess? Several other characters are brought into the scene as the story progresses. They include his brother, sister, uncle and his dog, Oscar.
Illustrations are found on every page of the book. Children love pictures. The use of colored illustrations, therefore, is a nice strategy to make the book suitable for kids. The other strength is the type and size of font used in the book. The words are written in a way that will appeal to many kids. The words used are also simple. Children are also familiar with the characters in the book. Moreover, the words on some pages are colored. The author also made good use of similes. Similes do not only make reading interesting and lyrical, they also spark the imagination of readers. The direct comparisons will build the imaginative skills of kids from a young age.
The book has no grammatical errors. However, some words used, such as dog slobber and kraut, may not be easily understood by some children who may be reading this book alone. The author could have considered using simpler words that kids are conversant with. The book is full of humor. Kids will find reading it funny. Therefore, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. It can be a useful tool to train children to be responsible. For example, children can learn about the need to be clean by avoiding habits such as hiding unwashed socks under the bed. They will also be careful to keep their belongings safely.
I recommend this book for children aged three to seven years. Parents can also purchase the book so as to read it to their children.
Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!
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