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Sam Finds a Monster

Sam Finds a Monster

by Mary Labatt, Marisol Sarrazin
     
 

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Sam wrestles a ?monstrous? garbage bag to the floor! This Level 1 first reader contains short stories, simple sentences, easy vocabulary, simple visual clues and lots of repetition.

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Sam wrestles a ?monstrous? garbage bag to the floor! This Level 1 first reader contains short stories, simple sentences, easy vocabulary, simple visual clues and lots of repetition.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Beginning readers will delight in these stories about an adorable white-and-black puppy. In Pizza, Joan and Bob prepare for a party and welcome guests who bring more delicacies, but Bob gives Sam dog food-"YUCK!" After hearing that "Cake is not for puppies.-Cookies are not for puppies.-Pie is not for puppies," the canine seizes the opportunity to devour an unattended pizza, "YUM!" In Monster, Sam watches TV while her owners are out. When a "big green monster" leaves the screen, Sam decides it is hiding in the house. She searches for it and tears apart a large green bag in the kitchen closet, scattering cookies, cake, and pizza bits all over the floor. Although Joan and Bob are dismayed at the mess, Sam is proud, for she "chased the big green monster away." Children demystifying life and language will surely identify with the pup's antics. Sarrazin's pastel illustrations provide contextual picture clues as they render the animal fluffy and cuddly, in a household of rich, warm colors and an expressive couple. Sam will be quite at home with the likes of Biscuit and Mudge.-Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Sam the sheepdog is back, but this time he’s on his own and it’s not exactly a mystery that’s his focus; it’s a monster. As usual, Labatt’s starting reader successfully draws its audience along with an enticing blend of image, word, humor, and action with which those young readers will readily identify. Sam spies a green monster on the television. When the monster leaves the screen, Sam goes searching for it throughout the house. He thinks he has cornered the monster in the kitchen closet--it’s really a big green plastic garbage bag--and he takes on the foe, worrying a foot of the bag until it rips off. Out spill remnants of cookies: "This monster came to eat my cookies!" Sam will not let such treachery go unavenged. He rips off the other foot/corner of the monster/garbage bag. Out spill shards of donut: "This monster came to eat my donuts!" Sam shakes the bag to shreds, revealing all manner of goodies the monster put into its capacious maw. Sam is one proud dog when his owners appear on the scene. Sam captures a kid’s thought process, tenacity, and pride of accomplishment--no matter what the outcome. And the young audience will love being in on the joke. (Easy reader. 5-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781553373520
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
02/28/2003
Series:
Kids Can Read Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
5 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Mary Labatt is an editor and writer. She is the author of the Dog Detective Sam mystery series, the Sam and Friends graphic mystery novels, the Puppy Sam level one early readers and a novel called A Puppy is for Loving. With all these dog books you can guess what Mary does on her Clear Creek, Ontario farm. She breeds and raises Rough Collies and Welsh Springer Spaniels. In the picture you can see Mary with two of her collie mothers, Annabel and Chloe.

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