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Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam Hardcover – Picture Book, August 6, 2013
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The story, written in rhyme and accompanied by Lenton’s mixed-media illustrations, is lively and expressive. The baked treats look good enough to eat and will surely appeal to storyhour audiences. Each page contains a tiny spider that children will love to try to spot.
—School Library Journal
Charming... This fresh take on the “trickster-tricked” idea — with a rhyming text that meshes well with Lenton’s mixed-media illustrations — should get plenty of use from your library’s own sticky-finger gang.
- Publisher : Nosy Crow; Illustrated edition (August 6, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0763668389
- ISBN-13 : 978-0763668389
- Reading age : 4 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : 500L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.25 x 0.31 x 11.63 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #161,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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but because of the fun story and colorful cute characters.
Like many storybooks for younger children, this one has rhyming.
It teaches a valuable lesson and contains a good ending.
When I initially saw the first word of the title, I thought it looked like a potty word!
ILLUSTRATIONS: The illustrations were created in mixed media. There is a lot of creativity and fun. The pages, however, are a bit cluttered at times and don't have enough color contrast to fully enjoy each item on the page. Some of the pages are a bit too dark and black lettering on a gray background makes for a very difficult read.
THE GOOD: There is a good moral here that everyone can find a good honest job they enjoy. I especially enjoyed the fact that the dogs didn't just get a job, but one they really loved. I enjoyed watching their baked treats pile up as they learned to cook. There was lots of humor throughout the book making it a lighter read.
THE NOT AS GOOD: I love Tracey Corderoy books, but I have mixed feelings about this one. First, this is a book that is 3/4 about crime. I would find it very hard to read this to a group of children even though the ending comes out well. And speaking of endings; there are absolutely no consequences for these dogs, who attempted to steal, which is a crime in itself. They get off scot-free. Finally, this is a rhyming book. And although the rhyming was not too badly done, it felt very wrong for the serious nature of the story.
"He thought for a moment. 'I know what we'll do!
We'll throw a tea party--tomorrow at two.
And then, when the neighbors are here having fun,
we'll sneak to their houses and rob every one!'"
You may find this to be reminiscent of The Grinch. So why do I feel better about the Grinch, than I do about these two thieving dogs? It's because the Grinch finds his heart and realizes what he has done is wrong BEFORE he is caught. I would have liked this story better if the dogs used their conscience and turned things around on their own.
AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for ages 4-8, but I think due to the crime element, I would recommend it for the older range of 6-8.
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So they plan to have a party at their house, with the intention of robbing their neighbours while they were partying. The cook up a storm (they don't know how to cook, but they pick it up from cookbooks)..cupcakes and doughnuts and have fun cooking! And as they carry out their plot of robbing the neighbours, they are busted. It's a fun plot. The story is good. It ends well too! The illustrations are beautiful. I love the way the pictures are done. Good book!
She's desperate for the next in the series.