3 out of 4 stars
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Sigfried’s Smelly Socks! by Len Foley is a perfect example of how to write a short, snappy story that will make you and your children smile and laugh.
Sigfried has a big pile of socks. A big pile of socks that smell very, very bad. But why do they smell so bad? That is for you and Sigfried to find out as you journey through the various pages of the book, each holding their own disgusting smell.
Len Foley creates a fun and engaging reading experience with his exceptional writing and illustrations. The wording and illustrations play with your senses, so much so that the book makes you feel as if you could actually smell what is being described. The book is a perfect starting point for a child learning to read, with a story that will make the learning experience fun and enjoyable. The language is simple and easy to understand, and is perfect for children aged 3 to 7 - or even for those older children that are looking for a giggle.
Len Foley perfectly catches the tone of the story with his illustration of Sigfried and his smelly socks. The illustration flawlessly complements what is being described, adding depth and detail to a wonderfully worded story. The use of real and illustrated images throughout the book creates a sensory adventure to keep even the most uninterested children engaged.
Whilst the concept of dirty socks and disgusting smells may seem off putting to parents, it is important to understand the moral teaching underlying Sigfried’s story. The book has been created to draw children’s attention to and encourage cleanliness and hygiene. The book teaches children the importance of maintaining good hygiene through a funny, witty story told from the perspective of a child just like them.
One area in which the book falls down is the rhyming. Whilst excellent in some parts of the book, there are certain areas in which the rhymes don’t actually rhyme. Simple editing by the author would easily fix this problem.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The problematic rhyming prevented the book from receiving 4 stars, however Foley still manages to create a well rounded, engaging story. This book is a good read, and is a perfect example of how to teach important moral and life lessons in a fun, engaging way. Len Foley creates a story that is funny, witty, and can be enjoyed by both adults and children.
Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!
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