2 out of 4 stars
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Sammy the Sea Serpent by Elayne Shore is a series of books about a sea serpent named Sammy. The series starts out learning about Sammy’s mom and uncle and outlines how sea serpents live. These books are written in the context of a dad reading them to his young daughter and will switch back and forth occasionally from the story within the story. We learn that Sammy’s mom is a sea serpent and that her dad, Eric is a dragon. This gives Sammy the body of a sea serpent with dragon wings.
What I liked most about this book were the illustrations. The drawings were colorful, detailed, and really beautiful. I actually think these stories would have been better geared towards smaller children and displayed in a picture book over the longer “chapter” books and older kids they are intended for. I also liked the adventurous stories and that we get a good picture of Sammy, her family, and where she came from.
What I disliked most is the formatting of the stories. It would sometimes switch to the dad and daughter’s conversation as these are being read to her like bedtime stories, but it was done in a very clunky way. There were also several errors and sections that just did not transition well.
This book series is geared towards beginning readers as each book has about 4 chapters and isn’t super long. I believe it would be better to pair it down and make it a series of picture books.
I give Sammy the Sea Serpent 2 out of 4 stars. As a mom, it felt like a clunky read and I don’t think my kid would have stayed engaged. There were typos and places where it just feels disjointed overall. I think another round of editing would be helpful. I was very impressed with the art.
Sammy the Sea Serpent
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