Review by Dolor -- Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!

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Review by Dolor -- Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!

Post by Dolor » 04 Feb 2019, 01:47

[Following is a volunteer review of "Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!" by Len Foley.]
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The hilarious words and festive pictures of Sigfried's Smelly Socks! (by Len Foley) made my day! This illustration book is for children aged 3 to 7 years old. It had 26 pages with full-page illustrations. The words were written like freestyle poems - some ends rhymed while others not.

Take a whiff or cover your nose as Sigfried enumerated the culprit of the horrible smell on each page of his book. The myriad of awful smell sources were from the rotten banana, squish-mushed chewing gum, old pizza slice, peanut butter, jelly chunks, dog pee, smell from his sister's behind, and more. Can you tell which smell burned the hairs on Sigfried's head?

The comical drawings and the humorous descriptions of the sources of the horrible smell made me laugh out loud. This was the first book that made me admire dirty-doodled drawings matched with the gross humor. I complimented Len Foley's clever use of alliteration in the title, the poetic writing style, the rhythmic paragraphs, and the gross humor. The purpose of this book was purely for fun - just don't mind the little gross.

The kids aged 3 to 7 years old might not be familiar with the words whiff, squish-mushed, slobber, kraut, blubber, and splotch. The ending was thought-provoking. I teased my nephew and my niece to bathe inside the toilet bowl the way Sigfried did in the picture, but they chorused, "Yuck!" I am not squeamish, but I would never bathe inside a toilet bowl no matter how clean it is. 

I saw a missing comma before the word "too" on page 8. It did not hinder my enjoyment and reading flow. There was nothing I disliked in this book. I rate Len Foley's Sigfried's Smelly Socks! 4 out of 4 stars. The awful things mentioned might assault the senses of the squeamish readers. Yes, this book stinks! I recommend it to the children aged 3 to 7 years old and to the readers who get tickled by gross humor.

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Post by kandscreeley » 06 Feb 2019, 10:44

Cute review! I read this one as well after everyone kept talking about the ending. I had to know what it was. I still thought it was cute, and I don't know too many kids who would actually do what Sigfried does. :) Thanks!
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Post by gen_g » 10 Feb 2019, 01:35

I'm glad that this children's book is a great learning resource for kids; it's a plus that it's also fun! Thanks for the review.

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Post by BelleReadsNietzsche » 11 Feb 2019, 02:06

Sounds like a book with a great vocabulary and love of language / poetry- qualities I love in children’s books ! And with the sense of silliness that I so appreciate about this genre.
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Post by InStoree » 14 Mar 2019, 08:58

I just finished reviewing this children's book and personally, I was quite disappointed with the grotesque method of exposing children's education to cleanliness. My rate was totally opposed to yours, to the fact that I think during this very early period (3-7 years old), when the child's mind behaves like a sponge, it is not the most appropriate means to induce grossness in their growing progress. Perhaps for an audience older than 7 years, these nasty witticisms may be flashed. I found the book to be confusing in the child's personal advancement and for intellectual evolution. I mean, a dog peeing in Sigfried's mouth is not what I expected to find in a children book, that is supposed to be educative. But, I guess these things are subjective. It's interesting to see a totally different view.
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