Review by C-Extra22 -- Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!

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Review by C-Extra22 -- Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!

Post by C-Extra22 » 30 Aug 2018, 06:37

[Following is a volunteer review of "Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!" by Len Foley.]
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Len Foley’s book, Sigfried’s Smelly Socks! Is a colorful children’s book. Siegfried was living in the book. He discovers a lot of dirty things in each of the pages. He is trying to find out what stinks about the book. His quest takes him from one page to the other. The climax of the story is when he discovers a pile of unwashed socks, which he had kept beneath his bed. The entire book contains a lot of his discoveries.

Children often mess up their environment. The pages of this book are filled with such kinds of environments. His uncle and sister also contribute to the dirt in the pages. Though the author went into details about the stink, this is an ideal children’s environment. The author’s language was also very simple.

Yes, the story is dirty and could actually make one feel like throwing up. The author’s sense of humor was refreshing. Len Foley uses colorful pictures and simple sentences to narrate this story.The author also gave a very good description of a stinking environment.

Honestly, I don’t think the title of the book was comprehensive enough. A better title would have been: ‘Smells’. When I saw the title, I expected the story to be all about his socks. The story was not. It had other plots.

Children would enjoy reading and discussing this book. Their nature is clearly expressed in this book. What I enjoyed most was the author’s sense of humor. My reason is that it made me laugh a lot. 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. A clean environment at the end would have been commendable.

I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I didn’t give it a 4 because it didn’t end well. The importance of cleanliness is not clearly communicated at the end. I also observed that some of the pictures on some pages were not labelled (page 6). This would have helped the children identify some of those items. I didn’t give it a 2 because it didn’t have editing issues.

Toddlers and babies can easily identify with this book. It would also appeal most to children below the age of 8. It has colorful pictures. It is also easy to read. Adults may not be interested in this book. It would also not appeal to anyone who doesn’t like a smelly and dirty environment.

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Post by Raya raymond » 31 Aug 2018, 05:26

I read this book and reviewed it and I think it's funny as well. I think the purpose of the book is just to be funny and what Sigfried did at in the end was meant to be funny. The book's purpose is not to communicate a lesson it's just to be entertaining.

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Post by C-Extra22 » 31 Aug 2018, 07:30

Thanks Raya for agreeing with me.

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Post by Ruba Abu Ali » 31 Aug 2018, 07:37

It's a book that raises controversy; you either love it or hate it. Thanks for the insightful review.
Please feel free to check out my review of the same book.

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Post by sharkyjen998 » 31 Aug 2018, 07:51

Thank you for your informative review. I haven't really given this book much thought due to the cover and title. I assumed it was exclusively about socks. After reading your review, I'm interested in learning about this child's sense of smell and discovery. I'll have to give this one a read myself! :)

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Post by Dusamae » 31 Aug 2018, 08:02

Thank you for your review. I didn't read the book, but it sounds like something my son would have liked when he was young.

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Post by melissy370 » 31 Aug 2018, 08:09

Your suggestions on the title and ending are good ones. I am one that does not like dirty environments, so I did not like this book. Glad you enjoyed it though and thanks for your review.

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Post by StarkidStarling » 31 Aug 2018, 08:19

Sounds like a fun book to read with a kid! I love the art style of the cover.

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Post by prospero360 » 31 Aug 2018, 08:21

I've read and reviewed this book and I had fun doing so. I think the illustrations, rhyming pattern and use of color in the text will be very educative for kids. Nice review.

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Post by crediblereading2 » 31 Aug 2018, 08:35

This is indeed an original and unique concept for a book. It is hilarious yet funky. Young children may find it funny but most adults might not agree. Thank you for your very candid review.

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Post by LaurenHaupt » 31 Aug 2018, 09:30

Lol. I think now that I have kids nothing grosses me out anymore. I think the ending teaches us that mom should visit his bedroom more. Great review. Awesome points.

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Post by topdan30 » 31 Aug 2018, 09:46

lovely and detailed review., I think the book offer more than the odour. Adults are meant to help with the dirt and not add to it just as Sigried's did.

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Post by sanjus » 31 Aug 2018, 10:56

This book seems to be written for children to understand the importance of keeping proper hygiene in their day to day activities
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Post by Rosemary Khathibe » 31 Aug 2018, 12:15

I don't like the idea of stinking and dirty environment , however, the book sounds like a good read for children. Thanks for the great review.

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Post by Fuzaila » 31 Aug 2018, 12:34

I agree that the purpose of cleanliness was not conveyed through the book but I don't think the author intended to do that. I appreciate your thoughts.
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