Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Scatterbrain Sam

Scatterbrain Sam

Fall 2001 Picture Books
Ages: 5 - 10 yrs.
Author: Ellen Jackson
Illustrator: Matt Faulkner
Publisher: Charlesbridge
ISBN: 0881063940
Hardcover Price: $15.95
In this lively tall tale adapted from Welsh folklore, a soft-hearted but addle-brained hero is sorely in need of help: He reads the time from an alarm clock hung around his neck; sleeps in his Sunday britches and eats his soup with a pitchfork. Nonsense pure and simple, but somehow author Ellen Jackson draws us into Sam's troubles and his visits to the mysterious "Widder Woman" whose Glue Stew may stick his brains together. Illustrator Matt Faulkner's pictures, set in the 1930s and full of awesome surprises, make this oddball picture book a fresh and compelling work.
Selma G. Lanes   ©2001 Parents' Choice

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