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Sally's Room Paperback – December, 1993


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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3-- Sally gets out of bed late one morning--only to stumble over various and sundry toys on the floor--and leaves for school in a bad mood. Objects in the room, such as a lampshade festooned with dirty socks and a bed full of toys and puzzle pieces, begin to express their dismay and disgust with their treatment. They decide to take action, and readers see chair, table, bed, and bureau marching down Main Street, heading toward the school. Needless to say, Sally is surprised when her furniture bursts into the classroom. She rushes home, is impressed by the space in her room, and cleans it up. Bright watercolor washes fill in the areas created by India-ink line drawings. Brown's illustrations reflect a slapdash cartoon style with frequent use of overexaggerated facial expressions. A kind of goofy humor prevails. While the pages seem cluttered and somewhat frenetic, there is also a sense of energy. Text is interspersed with the drawings and is sometimes difficult to read. Dialogue is flippant, with occasional exclamations of ``ick'' and ``yuck.'' A mildly humorous but predictable story. --Alexandra Marris, Rochester Public Library, NY
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

When Sally leaves for school, her room is such a mess that it has actually inconvenienced her. The room doesn't like it either: Not only do Sally's belongings begin to lecture (``Ick,'' says a dirty fishbowl, while the clock with no batteries tells the globe it's got socks on its head), but the entire room follows her to school. Confronted, the embarrassed Sally rushes home, arrives ahead of her stuff, is pleasantly surprised with the useful space that greets her, and promptly reforms. The message here is rendered almost painless by the novel idea, the funny pronouncements of the furniture, and the comical details in the cartoon-style illustrations. (Picture book. 5-8) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 490L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (December 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590447106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590447102
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #721,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Detweiler on November 22, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This was one of my favorite books when I was younger. I really loved how the furniture in the room came alive and wanted to be clean. I had the book on tape to listen to as I followed along, and I listened to it all the time. Maybe that's why I always try to keep my room as clean as I can! I highly suggest this book for any parent to get for their child.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
I loved this book as a kid. The illustrations today are as great and relevant as when I was 6 years old and my mom read it to me to encourage me to clean my room. I actually just gave away my copy to my 5 and 6 year old adopted bro-in-laws, who were severely abused as children, and suffer from reactive attachment disorder. I know this book probably wont be surviving them, so I intend to buy myself another copy at some point. I only hope it helps them grow up organized 1/2 as well as it worked for me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Melton on January 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
When I was a child, I read this book so many times that my copy's pages are falling out, the binding is coming apart, and the pages are faded and wrinkled. I especially love how Sally dances because I loved to dance and every little girl loves to dance!
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"Sally's Room" inspired me to clean my room as a child. Over the years this book would come to my mind as one of my favorite childhood books. However i couldn't remember the book title until my mom brought up the book in conversation at a family outing. I immediately bought the book for my daughter and now it is her favorite book to read before bed. I strongly suggest this book for anyone that has a little girl that needs some inspiration in cleaning her room. The book was in a good used condition. $5 is a great deal! Another good book on cleaning your room is Cupcake Jones and the missing tutu. I hope someone comes out with the digital copy if Sally's room so that i can download it to the iPad!
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