2 out of 4 stars
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Sigfried’s Smelly Socks is a unique and interesting idea for a children’s story. It is about a boy who talks about how the inside of his book is filled with disgusting things that either he or someone else has put inside or done to it. For example, at the beginning of the book, he talks about how he left a rotten banana on the page. Without a doubt, this is a very interesting concept with intriguing aspects; however, there were certain elements that were not enjoyable.
To start with, the worst part of this book was the fact that it discussed some crude things, such as pee, toilets, diapers, boogers, and the like. Even though children often find these sorts of things hilarious, parents usually do not. So, depending on who the parents are, they might not allow or appreciate some of the things that are in this book.
Talk of rotten food and gross smells make this Sigfried's Smelly Socks more oriented towards boys, although certain girls may enjoy it. This book did not include anything very witty, instead fully relying on the power of gross humor, which tends not to be very funny or powerful unless the reader is eight years of age or younger.
Unfortunately, the ending of this book was not satisfying. In fact, it was actually confusing, which is never a positive thing when it comes to stories. This book left the reader wondering what just happened. It was crazy and most certainly unique, although it is dubious whether it was unique in a positive or a negative way. Sigfried’s Smelly Socks provided a quirky and odd story that only certain people would thoroughly enjoy.
Finally, though objective, the overall style of art certainly drew attention, although the drawing style was unlikeable. Although some people may enjoy it, it was very quirky and, overall, an unpleasant style to look at. However, when Sigfried talked about things that were left on the book, the pictures of the things were seemingly real photographs, which was a neat quality to have. The creative combination of art styles was fresh and distinctive. This book was also fairly well-written, with a generally good rhyme scheme. It was a pretty smooth read.
All in all, I give Sigfried’s Smelly Socks a rating of 2 out of 4 stars. It is a very weird concept that not many people would enjoy reading to children, and yet the art style is very creative. Children would enjoy this book, although it is doubtful whether or not parents would read it to them.
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