4 out of 4 stars
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This is one hilarious children's book! I loved it from the first page. It is basically about various bad smells that Seigfried can smell in his room. It starts off with Seigfried talking about why this book is so stinky. It is because Seigfried has spilled food on it, his dog has peed on it, his brother has wiped his nose with it and his baby sister has even wiped her stinky bottom with it.
But all these stinks in his book are nothing compared to the stink of smelly socks that he has in his room. There are socks smelling of rotten cabbage and socks stinking of toilet seats. There are socks which smell like skunk feet and ...you get the idea.
It is a delightfully stinky book. Bad smells are something which we don't talk about to our kids. But kids love to explore things which we adults tend to avoid. This is one book which you can read with your toddler and share a ton of laughs with as you read along.
This is one delightfully funny book. It is not just about the bad smells. The book is actually one long rhyming poem. So as you read along with your kids, the rhyming will keep them turning the pages and keep them engaged and interested in reading further. You can even have a sing along with your child with this book.
I also liked the fact that the author has mixed old and new words very well in this book. So you have words like ketchup, diaper, pizza, bubbles etc which a 3-7 year old kid will definitely know. On the other hand, you also have words like whiff, awful, waffle, trouble etc which the kids can learn as they read along.
Illustrations are minimalistic but very colorful and engaging. The book achieves a very good balance between being text heavy and being too graphic. A very text heavy book is going to bore the kid while an overly picture heavy book may be engaging to the kid but does not help with building any vocabulary. This book manages to balance things out very well.
One issue that I found with this book is that in .mobi format, I was not able to open it with any of the android mobi readers. I could only open it with a Android Amazon Kindle app. Even this required a few extra steps to make sure it opened correctly. If the book is going to be sold on Amazon, why not stick to the Kindle format?
All in all, a very very engaging read for kids in the 3-7 year age group. I would rate it 4 out of 4 stars.
Sigfried’s Smelly Socks!
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