3 out of 4 stars
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A book was published in September 2017 by New Horizon Health, Inc. The name of that book was Sigfried's Smelly Socks and it was written by Mr. Len Foley. A new poet introduced in the world of kid's poetry soon after the publication of that book. Now, this poet has become much popular. His book is the recipient of MCA honoring seal. Sigfried's Smelly Socks is actually a free verse poem narrated on 27 pages. It is apparently written by a little boy named Sigfried. Sigfried's father is not happy with the pile of unwashed socks that he keeps hidden beneath his bed. That's why Sigfried is trying to prove that his socks don't cause much trouble.
Technically: The title of the book is a perfect example of alliteration in the poetry. The poet used different similes to exactly express the smell of socks; as, "My orange socks smell like rotten cabbage" etc. A "Silly book" has been used as a metaphor in this poem. Sigfried's behavior is continuously ironic in the whole poem. Some verses have good rhythm, better if they were written in the form of couplets rather than the line breaks within them. The poets have to thoroughly follow the main concept (i-e smell) in a poem; the author graphically depicted imagery through the sense of smell. This poem is flawless in this aspect.
By the editorial point of view: I noticed only a few reasonable mistakes in this poem. I am not satisfied with preface of the book though "To Becky and Sofia, whose never-ending pile of socks inspired this story." First of all, this is not a story. Secondly, the poet should had to add a further moral note in the preface. At first sight, I had an objection with the page sequence as well. I think the main subject "The smelly socks" should come first and then he could add all about "Silly book" (Just before Page# 21 and 22). However, a little liberty should be given to the authors, so as they can carry on their project as they want. Pictorial graphics were fine, but both the two main objects "A pile of socks beneath Sigfried's bed" and "Silly book" are missing in the illustrations. Banana and potato are also not looking rotten.
This book will help the kids who are trying to create a poem. It will automatically teach them some literary techniques that are required to create a poem. Other children (ages 5-10) also can avail it for fun and entertainment sake. I think "Four Funny Potatoes" by the same author is much beneficial educationally for the kids who are learning their basics and are at nursery level etccurrently (ages 3-4).
It's a bit disgusting as well. Never in my worst dreams, I imagined such an untidy book as well as socks. But the poet had to do this as it was the demand of the topic. It's interesting to read too, as Sigfried explains the smell of his socks without using the word "Sweat". In aggregate, the flaws I counted are minor and more points are going in favor of the book. I think this book deserves 3 out of 4 stars.
Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!
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