4 out of 4 stars
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One cannot always choose a book only by just reading its title, and this became true for me when initially, I was avoiding this good book only due to its title. This book is written for kids aged between three and eight years. Sigfried’s Smelly Socks! by Len Foley is a nicely crafted book that is not only dedicated to educating the children to maintain their hygiene but also to amuse them. The plot in this book revolves around Sigfried, a kid who is trying desperately to find out why his book smells unpleasant so much.
Every page of this book is having quite humorous, eye-catching cartoons, and along with that a couple of sentences that give the good message to children with a lot of amusement. Not only the socks but also Len Foley gives the list of other things, which smell bad and looks disgusting, especially when some food spilled accidentally on the book and not cleaned, and a long time has passed after that. The book illustrates the different smells of the socks and tells that the smell of the socks is varying from person to person. Though this book contains very few sentences, the author leaves it to the reader to imagine how the reader would feel by being in that situation.
I like the good drawings of the cartoons with the good choice of the color palette, which grabs the attention of kids, and in the meanwhile make them read the hilarious lines near the pictures to make them laugh as well as learn. Children learn about the things quickly when they enjoy it and it this case in this book where the enjoyment is given by good pictures and funny writing style.
There is nothing for me to dislike in this book, but the only thing is that it was too short to read and I finished reading the complete book in less than half an hour. I think the author could have added few more examples taking into consideration about the lifestyles in different cultures and societies, and that could have made this book much better and also likable by kids from many other cultural background and societies. This book should be appealing to all the kids and adults, and I don’t feel it will not appeal to anybody. The flow of the book was good, and there were no grammatical errors.
Looking at the overall experience of reading the book and the valuable message it can give to the audience about good keeping good hygiene, I rate this book all the 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend this book to everyone from kids to caregivers and even for those audiences who hate the disgusting smell of the socks because it may change their perception about the smelly socks as in case of mine. I think there is nobody to whom I will not recommend this book.
Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!
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