Number One Sam

Number One Sam

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by Greg Pizzoli
     
 

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They're off!

Sam is the best race-car driver in history-he is number one at every race!

But when his best friend, Maggie, shows that she has racing talent of her own, Sam doesn't know how to handle coming in second place. Will he learn what it truly means to be a winner?

Overview


They're off!

Sam is the best race-car driver in history-he is number one at every race!

But when his best friend, Maggie, shows that she has racing talent of her own, Sam doesn't know how to handle coming in second place. Will he learn what it truly means to be a winner?

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Sarah Harrison Smith
…Pizzoli's zingy ice-pop colors and dramatically varied page compositions take home the blue ribbon.
Publishers Weekly
★ 03/03/2014
Sam the dog is a champion race-car driver, and he has the trophy wall to prove it. But racing isn’t just a sport for Sam—it’s his whole identity, and when he loses to his best friend Maggie the elephant, he’s truly shaken up. “The night before the next race, Sam didn’t sleep one wink,” writes Geisel Award–winner Pizzoli (The Watermelon Seed). Will Sam do anything to win back his title? What if it means mowing down five oblivious chicks who decide to cross the track at the very moment the race’s outcome hangs in the balance? One thing’s certain: this is another winner from Pizzoli, who employs the same naïf drawing style and four-color spot printing technique that gave his debut a silly sweetness and distinctly artisanal feel. Working with a more straightforward narrative this time, Pizzoli adeptly builds tension and sympathy for Sam, so that even when the story wraps up with a familiar lesson—a little sportsmanship and selflessness go a long way—it feels like everybody really does win. Ages 3–5. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (May)
From the Publisher
PRAISE FOR THE WATERMELON SEED

* "It's an expert debut..."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

PRAISE FOR THE WATERMELON SEED "

Pizzoli legitimizes childish anxieties but also slyly exaggerates each worry to highlight the humor."—New York Times

PRAISE FOR THE WATERMELON SEED "

Screen printing allows for sweet intensity and subtle textures in Ben Day dots and overprinting, while the pared-down simplicity of the spreads and lively incorporation of text into the images provides graphic oomph that will reach the back row of the storytime rug."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

PRAISE FOR THE WATERMELON SEED "

With a sharp graphic sensibility, vibrant design, and adept characterization, Pizzoli spins the simple premise into a sweet confection, ripe with broad humor."—Booklist Online

PRAISE FOR THE WATERMELON SEED "

The illustrations, done in a graphic, flat-color style with simple linework, recall the cheerful stylings of Ed Emberley and Roger Hargreaves. While Pizzoli uses the computer to arrange his compositions, he takes extra care to hand print the pieces. Done in a three-color printing, the silk screen offers a toothiness to the page, giving fruit, animal and emotions more substance."—Kirkus Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE WATERMELON SEED

* "Children will love this hilarious book...The story has broad appeal, making it a great first purchase."—School Library Journal, starred review

School Library Journal
★ 04/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1—Sam is used to winning everything, including car racing, his sport of choice. His wall of trophies and trinkets show off his talent for success until the day the unthinkable happens: the pup loses the big race because he stops for a group of oblivious chickens in the middle of the track. Then his cheering friends and the chickens let him know that he is still number one with them. Children will be able to relate to Sam's disappointment when he loses while also understanding the concept that winning isn't always everything. Pizzoli's playful, cartoon illustrations perfectly showcase the message in a fun way yet never come off as didactic. Pizzoli's use of four-color art provides an airy, uncluttered vision for his story that will definitely attract children. The simple yet exciting text drives the story forward and will make it a popular choice at storytimes.—Christopher Lassen, Brooklyn Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-02-12
There's more than one way to be the big dog in the little bestiary. Sam is top dog when it comes to zipping his red roadster around the track. "He was number one in speed. / He was number one at turns. // And he was number one at finishing races in the number-one spot." Like Sam, Geisel winner Pizzoli's artwork is crackerjack, too, with pure cupcake colors, French curves, blocks of high-octane negative space and personable animal pals. Then comes the day that Sam doesn't cross the finish line first. Fortunately, Sam proves not to be a poor loser, but his self-confidence sure takes a shellacking. He's a wreck, figuratively. When the next big race comes up, he even forgets to wish his friend Maggie good luck. After a slow start, Sam takes the lead. "Sam would be number one again!" Whoa! Five yellow, bespectacled chicks are on the racetrack. Sam hits the brakes and gathers up the peepsters as his friends steam by to the finish line. No. 1 takes on a whole new meaning. Pizzoli's story is a simple class act. Do the right thing—you can't lose, ever. And most of the time, the right thing is no great philosophical conundrum but as clear as the checkered flag. A polished work, from the words to the finish on the race cars. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423171119
Publisher:
Disney-Hyperion
Publication date:
05/13/2014
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
147,577
Product dimensions:
8.37(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile:
370L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Greg Pizzoli is an author, illustrator, and screen printer. When not zipping around town on his bicycle, he can be found in his studio or teaching at the University of Arts in Philadelphia, where he also received his MFA. Greg's first book, The Watermelon Seed, came out to high acclaim. Visit him at www.gregpizzoli.com.

Awards
2011 52nd Communication Arts Illustration Annual : Self Promotion Category
2011 Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Illustrator Showcase Honor Award

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Number One Sam 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
TheBumbleGirl1 More than 1 year ago
This picture book easily became a favorite just by seeing it from the corner of my eye while standing in line at BEA. The cover alone instantly caught my attention - the classic look, colors and illustrations reminded me of my own childhood. I just knew that I had to have this book! NUMBER ONE SAM is about a pup named Sam who is used to always being the best race car driver and coming into first place in all the races. On the day of the biggest race yet, Sam is not worried that he will excel and win the trophy again. His overconfidence keeps him right up front right next to his best friend, Maggie. They ride beside each other right to the end... and Maggie wins!  Sam doesn't know what to do. He's the best racer, how could this have happened? He doesn't even know what to say to Maggie; so he doesn't say anything at all...  And during the next race, Sam has to make an important decision that will cause him to lose again.  Sam has never lost before? What will he do? Can he risk losing again? Sam will teach our kids what it is to be a good sport, that winning isn't everything and whether you win or lose, your friends will always be there for you.  Adorable story with the cutest illustrations! I highly recommend this book to everyone that has little ones (preschoolers/kindergartners) and all those who adore and collect picture books - this one is sure to brighten up your day and your bookshelf! *A signed hardcover copy was obtained at BEA for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.