64 of 66 people found the following review helpful
This Book Works Brilliantly,
This review is from: Sam and the Firefly (Hardcover)
I have never forgotten reading *Sam and the Firefly* as a child, and I never will. One of my children projects all of his naughty deeds onto Sam; the other wants me to be sure to read every single word on every single page. This is a book that, on all levels, just plain works.
Gus is a law-abiding owl who teaches Sam to make words with his fire-fly light. Sam likes the words but soon is into mischief, writing "cold dogs" above a hot dog stand and nearly causing a riot by writing "free" above a movie theater. His tricks border on the dark as he almost causes cars to collide. The scary darkness of the tale never comes to anything but engages the reader completely. My children worried about the outcome, and wondered (like Gus) how to control Sam. The book even becomes tense when Sam ends up in a closed glass jar and needs rescuing.
Yes, Gus is a lot like a parent. Sam is a lot like a child. And the book is full of learning to read and testing limits and innocently causing real danger and true friendship and sticking together and...it amazes me how seamlessly Eastman puts all of this material together in a riveting story. This may be the best Eastman book of all. It may also be one of the least preachy and most educational books I know. Dark and light, good and bad. It's all there.
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Initial post: Jan 25, 2010, 10:58:55 AM PST
I have to wonder whether this reviewer actually read the book or just the Cliff's Notes. Hello! Sam is the Owl and Gus is the Firefly! With these facts in mind, try reading it again!
Posted on Mar 15, 2010, 9:04:05 AM PDT
The Boho Chick says:
Yes, I agree. The review was good EXCEPT for mixing up the characters, or at least I think so. Gus is the firefly and child like, Sam is the owl and parent like. Perhaps the review could edit this review? If that was indeed the intent.
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