4 out of 4 stars
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Sigfried's Smelly Socks is a humorous children's book that was both written and illustrated by Len Foley. Len Foley dedicated the book to Becky and Sophia, "whose never-ending pile of socks" gave her the inspiration to write this book. On each page, Sigfried, the main character, is attempting to identify what makes the pages of his book smell so terrible. Of all the smells listed in the book, nothing is worse than Sigfried's pile of smelly socks.
The author plays on gross humor throughout this book. In my experience, gross humor usually guarantees at least a few laughs from younger children. I read this book to my four-year-old nephew and he was giggling with each turn of the page. Len Foley has created a rhyme scheme on every page that adds to the fun reading experience that is created by this children's book. If you or your child have enjoyed the works of Dr. Seuss, you will most likely enjoy this super fun and a little bit silly reading experience.
What initially drew me to this book was the author's description. "Warning: Everyone says this book stinks!" from a marketing standpoint this is a very bold move, but it definitely grabs your attention. This book definitely does stink, but not in the way that you would initially assume.
Another thing that drew me to this book was the illustrations. Len Foley did a great job both writing and illustrating this book. The characters are not drawn with clean lines which contribute to the messy feeling that this book gives off. The pages are comprised of both illustrations and photos, and the mixed mediums really add layers to the book.
I am happy to rate this children's book 4 out of 4 stars. Sigfried's Smelly Socks by Len Foley was clearly professionally edited. By reading this book, you can tell that the author/illustrator was familiar with children and the way that their minds work. The best thing about this book is that it teaches children the importance of cleanliness while entertaining them with the fun story about a boy named Sigfried and his smelly socks.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading and laughing with their children. I would also recommend this to parents that are teaching their child to read to themselves. The words that Len Foley uses are not too complex for young readers who are beginning to read independently. By far, the most difficult word in this book is the main character's name, Sigfried.
Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!
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