Review by Jessacardinal -- Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!

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Review by Jessacardinal -- Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!

Post by Jessacardinal » 28 Jan 2019, 14:59

[Following is a volunteer review of "Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!" by Len Foley.]
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2 out of 4 stars
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Len Foley introduces kids of all ages to the silly, stinky, story found in Sigfried’s Smelly Socks! Sigfried takes readers along on a humorous adventure to solve an unpleasant problem. Through a series of silly considerations, Sigfried and his friends seek to find the source of an overwhelming stench.

This book offers a delightful story that can be read in under five minutes. The amusing expressions on the faces of each of the characters are sure to induce laughter. Parents and teachers of younger children will appreciate the learning opportunities afforded, which cover color recognition and item identification. I like these aspects of the book.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of things I do not like about Sigfried’s Smelly Socks! While some children may enjoy the simplicity of the silly story, the illustrations are lacking. Artistic upgrades, specifically to the background of each page, would drastically improve the overall feel of the story. The author uses two different styles of images throughout the book. Choosing one consistent style would eliminate distractions and further enhance the illustrations.

Furthermore, I have a minor concern regarding the cover of the book. Sigfried graces the cover surrounded by what appear to be girls’ socks. As an adult woman, I feel boys’ socks, or a mix of the two, would be a better representation of Sigfried’s socks. However, I am confident most children wouldn’t bat an eyelash at the current illustration.

Near the end of the book, Sigfried locates the smelly socks. Unfortunately, the smelly socks are missing from the illustration. A round of image edits would prevent errors like this from occurring. Another example occurs near the middle of the book when socks are mentioned in the plural form but illustrated as a single sock.

A focused round of editing would help alleviate misspelled words and lacking or improper punctuation. Additionally, the author attempts to use a rhythmic pattern throughout the story. In the beginning, the rhyming pattern is short but becomes drawn out later in the story. The inconsistent rhyming pattern doesn’t allow the story to flow as smoothly as it could. Moreover, sight words appear in matching font colors. For example, the word red is a red font. However, the blue sock appears to be pink or purple, instead of blue. Oversights such as these, as well as others discussed above, allow for poor learning opportunities for young children.

Due to the errors and issues discussed above, I rate Sigfried’s Smelly Socks! 2 out of 4 stars. Although there is a lot of room for improvement, I whole-heartedly believe children between the ages of two and seven years old will enjoy this witty, twenty-seven-page story.

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Post by Kibetious » 29 Jan 2019, 23:24

This is a great review indeed. The flaws you have mentioned such as the different colors of socks from the word that is stated in a sentence can be easily overlooked but the reality is that it affects learning in the kids. Thanks for this.
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Post by gen_g » 29 Jan 2019, 23:30

I've read many reviews on this book, and it seems that there are still quite a number of errors present, which is such a pity, especially in a children's book. Thanks for the honest review.

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Post by inaramid » 01 Feb 2019, 20:26

This was a very constructive review. The errors you mentioned do stand to reason - and while children might "not bat an eyelash" at those, it would be nice to get them rectified.

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Post by Ever_Reading » 02 Feb 2019, 12:23

This is the best critical review I've read about this book. Your low rating is definitely justified. Thorough editing in children's books is just as important as editing in books written for an older audience. Thanks for the candid review. :D
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Post by Jessacardinal » 03 Feb 2019, 13:32

Kibetious wrote:
29 Jan 2019, 23:24
This is a great review indeed. The flaws you have mentioned such as the different colors of socks from the word that is stated in a sentence can be easily overlooked but the reality is that it affects learning in the kids. Thanks for this.
I agree. Thank you for the compliment and comments!
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Post by Jessacardinal » 03 Feb 2019, 13:32

gen_g wrote:
29 Jan 2019, 23:30
I've read many reviews on this book, and it seems that there are still quite a number of errors present, which is such a pity, especially in a children's book. Thanks for the honest review.
Thank you for reading my review. I appreciate it!
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Post by Jessacardinal » 03 Feb 2019, 13:33

inaramid wrote:
01 Feb 2019, 20:26
This was a very constructive review. The errors you mentioned do stand to reason - and while children might "not bat an eyelash" at those, it would be nice to get them rectified.
I agree. Thank you for your comment!
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Post by Jessacardinal » 03 Feb 2019, 13:34

Ever_Reading wrote:
02 Feb 2019, 12:23
This is the best critical review I've read about this book. Your low rating is definitely justified. Thorough editing in children's books is just as important as editing in books written for an older audience. Thanks for the candid review. :D
Thank you for your comment! I truly appreciate it!!
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Post by Miriam Molina » 04 Feb 2019, 17:52

Children's books should go through more stringent editing. At that age, readers don't yet know right from wrong. It would be catastrophic for them to learn from the "wrong books."

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Post by Cotwani » 09 Feb 2019, 06:51

Hey, you have a really keen eye. Your perspective of the book is quite different from many others. The inconsistencies you point out are very relevant. It is good to give kids a correct, wholesome presentation so they learn right. Thanks for the enlightening review!
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Post by Eva Darrington » 13 Feb 2019, 13:16

You have written a very thorough review. I appreciate your analysis of the illustrations and other items. Good point about the girls' socks on the cover, even though kids might not notice. Maybe girls' socks were chosen because they appear more fun in illustration than tube socks would. Really nice review.
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