Review by Sushan -- Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!

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Review by Sushan -- Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!

Post by Sushan » 20 Dec 2018, 14:09

[Following is a volunteer review of "Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!" by Len Foley.]
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After reviewing the book written by Len Foley, Four Funny Potatoes, I got a bit enthusiastic and went on to review another book by the same author, Sigfried’s Smelly Socks. But it gave me a completely different feeling compared to the previous book, and it left my thoughts in a complete turmoil. I read it several times, and I even referred some reviews that were written by my fellow reviewers, but still I am a bit confused. Anyway, I will continue with my review.

This book is an assortment of stinky things. It compares various bad odours that are coming from various sources including worn socks. Other than that, there is no story in this to summarize. It is a very small book of 23 pages. It is written for the nursery children. Both the writings and the drawings are done by the author himself.

A constructive criticism should start with good things. So, I will start with good things that I noted in this book.

The book contains more pictures than words, the exact way that the small children prefer. The pictures are colourful and attractive. The book is written in a poetic manner. The children can either read it or sing it. The book is professionally edited and there are no spelling or grammatical errors to be found.

What I do not like about this book is, I do not get the message that the author is trying to give through it. Some might say it is about the importance of hygiene. But according to my view, there are better ways to give such a message to small children. An adult can use this book to make a child understand about hygiene, but that depends on his or her skill of story-telling.

I noticed that the author has written the names of colours using similarly coloured fonts. But he has written the word ‘blue socks’ in red colour. Since I do not see a reasonable cause to do this intentionally, I would like to mark it as a mistake.

Though most of the pictures are okay, I found that some are disgusting. I do not think a small child will tolerate such images.

I would recommend this book to parents who are having small children. They can use this as an aid to teach their children the importance of good hygiene. But I do not recommend this to be read alone by small children.

Considering all the above points, I give this a rating of 2 out of 4 stars. And with this, I think I should stop reviewing children’s books because I think that, I am too old to see these books in the way that they are seen by children.

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Post by Ayat paarsa » 22 Dec 2018, 10:56

Good recommendation, the book will definitely motivate kids to take care of their hygiene. The author has done a good job by simply pretending Sigfried a bad guy so as kids hate him, and adopt good manners.
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Post by Bianka Walter » 23 Dec 2018, 13:32

It does seem like a pretty gross book!
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Post by Sushan » 24 Dec 2018, 03:50

Ayat paarsa wrote:
22 Dec 2018, 10:56
Good recommendation, the book will definitely motivate kids to take care of their hygiene. The author has done a good job by simply pretending Sigfried a bad guy so as kids hate him, and adopt good manners.
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Post by Sushan » 24 Dec 2018, 03:50

Bianka Walter wrote:
23 Dec 2018, 13:32
It does seem like a pretty gross book!
Great review :)
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Post by Hiruni Bhagya 81 » 27 Dec 2018, 12:45

I agree with you about the author not giving a message in this book like in Four Funny Potatoes. The book is stinky and gross. So thanks for your honest review.

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Post by Sushan » 27 Dec 2018, 19:05

Hiruni Bhagya 81 wrote:
27 Dec 2018, 12:45
I agree with you about the author not giving a message in this book like in Four Funny Potatoes. The book is stinky and gross. So thanks for your honest review.
I am happy to see a fellow reviewer who shares my way of thinking. Thanks for stopping by 👍👍
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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 28 Dec 2018, 04:16

It's interesting to note that the reviewer took a different path than any other would have taken. Admire your courage on that. Thank you for your honest opinion!
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Post by Sushan » 28 Dec 2018, 06:40

Sahani Nimandra wrote:
28 Dec 2018, 04:16
It's interesting to note that the reviewer took a different path than any other would have taken. Admire your courage on that. Thank you for your honest opinion!
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Post by gen_g » 28 Dec 2018, 12:30

Thank you for a really well-balanced review; it does seem like it's not so much an educational children's book but more of a light one.

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Post by Sushan » 28 Dec 2018, 12:47

gen_g wrote:
28 Dec 2018, 12:30
Thank you for a really well-balanced review; it does seem like it's not so much an educational children's book but more of a light one.
Yeah, it is, for me. Thanks for stopping by 👍👍
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Post by sarahmarlowe » 28 Dec 2018, 15:22

I like the way you addressed the issues in this book as well as its good points. Good reviews let the readers know up front what they are getting into. Nice!
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Post by Sushan » 28 Dec 2018, 19:06

sarahmarlowe wrote:
28 Dec 2018, 15:22
I like the way you addressed the issues in this book as well as its good points. Good reviews let the readers know up front what they are getting into. Nice!
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Post by Book Lover 35 » 28 Dec 2018, 22:14

I don't think there was meant to be a message. It just seemed like a funny book for kids to enjoy. Sorry you didn't like the book too much. Great review!
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Post by Sushan » 28 Dec 2018, 22:55

Book Lover 35 wrote:
28 Dec 2018, 22:14
I don't think there was meant to be a message. It just seemed like a funny book for kids to enjoy. Sorry you didn't like the book too much. Great review!
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