Review by Nma26 -- Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!

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Review by Nma26 -- Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!

Post by Nma26 » 18 Aug 2018, 19:35

[Following is a volunteer review of "Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!" by Len Foley.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Lien Foley’s book, Sigfried’s Smelly Socks is a children’s book. Sigfried is trying to find out what stinks about this book. His quest takes him from one page to the other. He discovers a lot of dirty things in each of these pages. The climax of the story is when he discovers a pile of unwashed socks, which he had kept beneath his bed. Actually, the socks are not the only things that stink about this book. The entire book contains a lot of his discoveries.

Len Foley uses colourful pictures and simple sentences to narrate this story. Though the story is dirty and could actually make one feel like throwing up, the author paints a very good picture of a stinking environment. The author also has a sense of humour.

The use of the book as a house for Sigfried is a unique concept. I enjoyed the author’s sense of humour. My reason is that children would enjoy reading this book. The ending of the book could have been better. I liked this least. My reason is that the moral lesson at the end of the book was lost. Also, a clean page would have made a better ending.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I didn’t give it a 4 because it didn’t end well. I can’t find the moral lesson for children. The lack of chapter arrangement in the book also influenced my decision. I didn’t give it a 2 because it didn’t have editing issues. It also had said some labelling challenges.

This book would appeal most to children below the age of 10. It has colourful pictures. It is also easy to read. It would appeal least to adults. It would also not appeal to anyone who doesn’t like a smelly and dirty environment.

Generally, everyone hates a dirty environment. Children are carefree and full of energy. A house like the one painted here is something they can easily identify with. The importance of cleanliness and order cannot be overemphasized. Though the author went into details about the stink, this is an ideal children’s environment.

In addition, a better title for this book would have been: “What Could Be Smelling?” not “Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!” The story was not all about his socks and its smells. There were a lot of other things that contributed to the stink.

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Post by Raya raymond » 19 Aug 2018, 07:48

I don't get what you mean mean by use of the book as a house for Sigfried but I love your review in general.

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Post by melissy370 » 19 Aug 2018, 15:52

I really was not fond of this book and I guess I am one of those adults who don't like things dirty. However, I am glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for your review.

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Post by Nma26 » 19 Aug 2018, 19:14

Dear Raya, I mean that the story happened in the book.Each of the pages had one dirty thing or the other that Sigfried discovered.

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Post by Dusamae » 19 Aug 2018, 19:34

This sounds like a fun read for children. I know my son would have loved it when he was young. I think have the books as a house is definitely different. It's too bad it didn't have a better ending.

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Post by Nma26 » 20 Aug 2018, 18:10

Thanks dear.

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Post by Nma26 » 20 Aug 2018, 19:00

Sincerely melissy370,the book stinks!

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Post by Julehart1 » 20 Aug 2018, 20:24

This seems like it would be a fun book for children. I like that it’s written with a sense of humor and has illustrations. It’s too bad about the ending not being great and losing the moral of the story. Thanks for your review.

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Post by topdan30 » 20 Aug 2018, 22:41

Lovely review and good you put the ending into consideration. And the tittle also looked off for the story.

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Post by LaurenHaupt » 21 Aug 2018, 15:44

I thought the ending was a little funny. I think it just depends on each kid. Some might think it's funny and some might think it's stupid. I like your idea of the title.
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Post by Abigail R » 21 Aug 2018, 19:27

Sounds like a great book to use to the five senses in a preschool class! I can only imagine the funny activities I could plan along with this. Thank you for the review!

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Post by joycechitwa » 22 Aug 2018, 09:22

I like your well rounded view of the book. You're right, it wasn't only the socks that were smelling, but so many other things. So the title should have been more encompassing. Besides the unsatisfactory ending, though, the book seems to be a good read for children. As they read, the accompanying adult shroud emphasize the aspect of hygiene to complement the lack thereof at the ending of the book.

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Post by Bookcool123 » 22 Aug 2018, 11:43

I read this one also. It kinda stinks but it is a fun read. Nice review.

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Post by DorcasToo » 22 Aug 2018, 13:28

I haven't read this book yet, but I might in future to discover why it's so vastly read. I love your review, considering, this is a children's book and most times quite difficult to review. I like how keen you are to be able to point out even trivial issues. Also how you have expressed your dislike with the title. Nice review.
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Post by Nma26 » 22 Aug 2018, 15:02

Thanks for the kind words.

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