4 out of 4 stars
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Sigfried's Smelly Socks! by Len Foley is a children's picture book about a pile of malodorous socks that Sigfried has hidden under his bed. He doesn't confess to his secret right away, but takes readers through an impressive array of humourous reasons as to the book's terrible stink. Sigfried distracts us from the truth by suggesting that a rotten banana, an old slice of pizza or dog pee might be the reasons for the smell, before owning up to the truth about his socks. Each sock has a distinctive stink ranging from ostrich breath to skunk feet, which is all very well, but what should Sigfried do about his socks?
Entertaining and funny, I give this picture book 4 out of 4 stars. Len Foley is not only a talented children's writer, but also knows how to create delightful and colourful artwork that can stand alone as a comic without words. This makes the book suitable for children who cannot read, but who wish to flip through the pages on their own. A two for one deal, so to speak, which cannot be given a lesser rating.
As a person who enjoys the visual aspect of things, I loved the fact that the illustrations are made up of both drawings and photos. I feel that Len Foley's book offers something a little different to other children's picture books. The rhyming text, silly pictures and mischievous tone make me think of Roald Dahl's work, but this book has more of a contemporary feel to it. There is nothing about this book I did not like. As a parent, I'm always surprised at other parents who don't enjoy sharing wacky humour with their children; this book may not be suited to that sort of parent.
Sigfried's Smelly Socks! is a picture book for children from 3 to 7, but I think that anyone can enjoy it. Older children, teenagers and even adults will laugh out loud at Len Foley's whimsical and witty book. Other than one spelling mistake, I find the book to be well-edited and beautifully presented.
Creative and enchanting, you won't regret reading the story of Sigfried and his smelly socks. This book is visually appealing and a lot of fun, but be warned, it stinks!
Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!
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