Attaboy, Sam!

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In this second book about Anastasia Krupnik's younger brother, Sam concocts a perfume made of his mother's favorite smells to honor her request for only homemade gifts for her birthday. "Warm, lively, true to children's real inner lives, and laugh-aloud funny all the way." -- Kirkus Reviews, pointer review

Sam is able to help his sister Anastasia with the poem she is writing for their mother's birthday, but his own efforts to create...

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Overview

In this second book about Anastasia Krupnik's younger brother, Sam concocts a perfume made of his mother's favorite smells to honor her request for only homemade gifts for her birthday. "Warm, lively, true to children's real inner lives, and laugh-aloud funny all the way." -- Kirkus Reviews, pointer review

Sam is able to help his sister Anastasia with the poem she is writing for their mother's birthday, but his own efforts to create a special perfume are disastrous.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this high-spirited and generally funny novel, Anastasia Krupnik's younger brother displays her enterprising spirit--and her propensity for disaster. For his mother's birthday, Sam determines to concoct a special perfume by combining her favorite smells: his father's pipe, chicken soup and freshly washed hair, to name a few. The resulting hideous brew is uncorked in a waggish scene that resists the obvious moral (``It's the thought that counts'') and concentrates instead on the value of enjoying a good chuckle at oneself. Sam's generosity and naivete, along with his relationship with Anastasia, add palpable warmth. The book's humor, however, is not consistently focused. On the whole, it seems geared to readers at the lower end of the age range, those young enough to identify with a preschooler's mistakes. But other elements--in particular, a subplot concerning an awkward poem Anastasia is writing--are better suited to older readers. Ages 7-12. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-- Mrs. Krupnik insists she wants only homemade gifts for her birthday--except for a new bottle of her favorite perfume. When it turns out the fragrance is no longer available, Sam rises to the occasion with a concoction of his own invention. After all, he knows all his mother's favorite smells and has all of a week to collect them. By week's end, Sam's surprise is bubbling and brewing--and fouling the air of his bedroom--and his enthusiasm wanes. Meanwhile, Anastasia and her father are having second thoughts about their own offerings. Can this birthday be saved? Yes, hilariously, as Lowry succeeds where others might fail in taking each carefully contrived scenario one step beyond its predictable outcome. Readers may well anticipate the results of Sam's attempts to collect that ``new baby'' aroma, but it's the essence of baking bread that proves the salient ingredient of the noxious brew. And readers all know that the boy will somehow manage to keep the gray kitten his father is allergic to, but it's serendipity and not the relenting of adoring parents that allows it to happen. While Lowry snags readers with her teasing style, exaggeration, and gimmickery, she holds them with an unerring sense of humor and a sure sense of her audience. Attagirl, Lois! --Marcia Hupp, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY
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"Warm, lively, true to children's real inner lives, and laugh-aloud funny all the way." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440408161
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Series: Sam Krupnik Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 537,388
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 7.67 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry is the author of more than thirty books for young adults, including the popular Anastasia Krupnik series. She has received countless honors, among them the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, the California Young Reader’s Medal, and the Mark Twain Award. She received Newbery Medals for two of her novels, NUMBER THE STARS and THE GIVER. Her first novel, A SUMMER TO DIE, was awarded the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award. Ms. Lowry now divides her time between Cambridge and an 1840s farmhouse in Maine. To learn more about Lois Lowry, see her website at www.loislowry.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2012

    I ha Love it

    I love this book i have also read all of the anastasia books by the way my name is anastasia

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2006

    Attaboy Sam

    I really liked the book. I like The birthday surprise he gives his mother.It is really humorus too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2002

    a pretty good book

    well i had to read mine for my class and i love it! i thought it was so cute how sam wantsto make his mom some perfuem with all the things she lovs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2002

    This book is a great book!

    I would reccommend this book for kids of all ages. If you like to make presents for your family members, this is a great book for you. I couldn`t put this book down when I was reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2002

    Wet-your-pants-funny!

    I read this book as a break during dead week, just before final exams, and I was laughing so hard that my husband came wandering into the living room to find out what was so funny. In her usual entertaining fashion, Lois Lowry has woven a tale of a loving family and their efforts to make each other happy. It's hilarious!!

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