A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Reading is celebrated.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this terrific book does a great job of celebrating books and reading.
Is It Any Good?
A picture book that's after every library-loving parent's heart, this is a joyful celebration of reading. There's no doubt -- reading helps Sam become a hero. And that's a message every kid ought to have.
Kids might be familiar with Marc Brown's drawing style from the famous Arthur books or from watching the even more famous TV show, which is based on the series. But even if they're not, they'll love his colorful style that boasts lots of detail and texture. Kids will also enjoy catching sight of their own favorite picture books in Sam's collection (including a shout-out to good old Arthur, of course). With a moral that parents will love and a story that will keep kids entertained, this book is a winner all the way around.
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