4 out of 4 stars
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Oh my goodness! Sigfried's Smelly Socks had me clasping my nostrils while I read on. Len Foley is a genius in describing all the smelly things that can make one gag. Yikes! Sigfried’s Smelly Socks is a book dedicated to Becky and Sofia, probably Fen's children whose never-ending pile of socks inspired the story.
Sigfried is a young child that has many socks in different colours- orange, blue, green, and red, to mention a few. Each day, he perceives a stink from his book and wonders where it is emanating from. He thinks of the rotten banana he left on the book's page. Could it be it? His mind drifts to the squish-mushed chewing gum stuck in the book since the previous year. But there are many more things that could be causing the stench: the pizza slice that marked his book once, the peanut butter and jelly chunks he let dribble off his bread, and the yellow stain on the page of his book where his dog, Oscar peed. He thinks of other things that could cause his book stink, but then he also realizes his hair stinks as much, if not worse. Could it be his unwashed socks kept hidden beneath his bed? He sets out to find out and wash the socks if they are the stinky things.
This book really had me retching while I tried to imagine all the smelly, disgusting things described in it. The pictures didn’t help too, but I had a good laugh. It was funny watching Sigfried describe the things that were probably responsible for the stench. Fen was succinct in creating words and pictures that would make any child run to wash their socks, stinky or not. He knows how indispensable pictures are in reaching a child's heart and he created them in a very simple way that kids would easily understand. Even though the book is short, with only twenty-seven pages in a pdf format, the message is clear and the author effectively passed the intended piece of information.
The use of questions in the book gives a child an opportunity to pause and think. This is a very practical tool in educating kids because it allows them to give their own opinion first before being given the answers. I noticed that each chapter is in a rhyme. Kids will find this very entertaining. I have a toddler, and I plan on using Sigfried's Smelly Socks to teach him the importance of keeping, not just his socks, but his clothes and room clean.
I found no single error in this book. Because of that and other things I mentioned, I give it 4 out of 4 stars. It’s understandable and explanatory, and wouldn’t deserve anything less than 4 stars. I recommend it to parents who have little kids (especially toddlers) that can understand the book. It may make them gag, but it is one of the best books their kids would come across. But if they are irritated easily, then their partner or sister can read the book to their toddler.
Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!
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