Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Sammy Steals the Show, A Bird Brain Book by Emlyn Chand is the story of a Cockatiel named Sammy who loves to sing. His singing is enjoyed by his owner, Lisa, and the other birds outside his building. On hearing that there is a singing contest, he enlists the help of his friends, the rock pigeons, to help him leave his home and fly to the Sydney Opera House where the contest is being held. Sammy flies to the mike, but can't sing because he realizes that his love for Lisa is more important than fame. Sammy is only too happy to return to Lisa and his secure, happy home.
Review: The illustrations by Noelle Giffin are somewhat subdued for a picture book. Although well-drawn and lively, I would have liked to see more bright colors, especially for Sammy. The story moves along at a good pace for little ones. I think this book is better for reading to smaller children than expecting them to read the book themselves. There are words used such as "deftly" or "gaggle," which the picture book audiences may not understand, but I congratulate the author for not dumbing down the language. The book has a nice flow and even if a few words are not understood by themselves, the context and illustrations will carry the attention and focus of the ones reading or being read to.
The age-old story of being content where you are is felt at the end of the story, but it is nice that the author writes this in a non-preachy way. I love happy endings and I feel that kids, especially younger ones, still need happy endings in books. I would definitely recommend this book to children of all ages who love to read or to read to others.
I received a free digital copy of this book in order to write this review. Special thanks to Mother Daughter Book Reviews for allowing me to participate in this Book Review Blitz.