See You Around, Sam!

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Sam Krupnik, mad at his mother because she won't let him wear his new plastic fangs in the house, decides to run away to Alaska.

Sam Krupnik, mad at his mother because she won't let him wear his new plastic fangs in the house, decides to run away to Alaska.

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Overview

Sam Krupnik, mad at his mother because she won't let him wear his new plastic fangs in the house, decides to run away to Alaska.

Sam Krupnik, mad at his mother because she won't let him wear his new plastic fangs in the house, decides to run away to Alaska.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sam (Anastasia's little brother) is forbidden to wear his plastic fangs in the house and attempts to run away to Alaska, where the walruses will surely accept his oral protrusions. Ages 8-12. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Dia L. Michels
In this latest book featuring Sam and Anastasia Krupnik, we spend an afternoon with Sam as he runs away from home. He had a fight with his mother over wearing a plastic set of vampire fangs and decided life at home was intolerable. He decides to find happiness in Alaska where "fanged" walruses lie around in a pile and protruding, sharp teeth are the order of the day. Under the watchful eye of his mother and some loving neighbors, Sam aborts his plan, but only after learning a few things about life. The whole story takes place in one afternoon, but readers will savor this book long after that last page is turned.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5Anastasia's younger brother Sam's side of the story is continued in this latest volume of the Krupnik family saga. When his normally understanding mother exhibits an unreasonably negative reaction to his plastic vampire mouthpiece (a result of the fangphobia she developed while watching that Tom Cruise movie), Sam decides his only recourse is to run away to Alaska. (Walrus tusks are commonplace, so fangs shouldn't cause a stir there.) The strengths of this series have always been its cast of multi-dimensional, quirky, but very believable characters and their humorous, astute observations. On his travels, Sam visits with familiar neighbors, Gertrude Stein and Mrs. Sheehan, who have been apprised of his plans through telephone contact with Mrs. Krupnik, and he has a genuine heart-to-heart talk with his big sister. Added to the panoply of personalities are a letter carrier who memorizes zip codes and makes pasta sculptures in his spare time and a neighbor who sports Sam around on his wheelchair but can't give up smoking. True to the structure of the other books, tension and events build to a climactic final scene in which all the characters, even minor ones, play a significant role and everyone realizes that "It's a very grown-up thing to change your mind." This is a perfect choice for introducing young listeners to chapter books as common threads are carried throughout, and both humor and pathos are abundant. Long-time friends of the Krupniks will sink their teeth into this latest installment with relish. Fangs alot, Lois Lowry!Starr LaTronica, Four County Library System, Vestal, NY
Kirkus Reviews
Sam Krupnik is almost five, and he's running away to Sleetmute, Alaska. Yes, Anastasia's brother has sadly decided to leave because his mother won't let him wear his plastic fangs in the house (she has fangphobia). He plans to lie around in piles with the walruses, who don't mind fangs. Before he can go, he wants to visit each of his neighbors to say goodbye. Lowry (Attaboy, Sam!, 1992, etc.) gives readers a good look at the workings of the mind of an endearing, ordinary child. Sam's small problems are not in any way important, but Sam believes they are—and, as conveyed through such powerfully sympathetic writing, that is enough. The result is foregone, but readers will inhale every word, through the simple force of Sam's personality. With de Groat's capable black- and-white illustrations in every chapter, this is a delight.
From the Publisher
"This is a perfect choice for introducing young listeners to chapter books as common threads are carried throughout, and both humor and pathos are abundant. Long-time friends of the Krupniks will sink their teeth into this latest installment with relish. Fangs alot, Lois Lowry!" School Library Journal, Starred
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780605352728
  • Publisher: Perma-Bound Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Series: Sam Krupnik Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

Lois Lowry

Lois Lowry is known for her versatility and invention as a writer. She was born in Hawaii and grew up in New York, Pennsylvania, and Japan. After several years at Brown University, she turned to her family and to writing. She 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 April 29, 2009

    See you around Sam

    This book is about a toddler named Sam who comes home with fangs but when he shows them to his mom she screams because she has fangphobia. She tells him he is not allowed to have them in the house. So he decides to run away. Then says goodbye to the people in the neighborhood. On the way his sister talks to him and says the grown up thing to is to come back home. After the talk he thinks about it and makes his choice. Does he do the grownup thing and come back? I highly recommend this to people who like comedy and places where you will say awww. If you want an awesome time with Sam to find out if he does the grown up thing and comes back home, read See You around Sam.
    By Kaitlyn

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    See you around Sam

    I think this book is the best book I have ever read.It is really funny and cute.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2003

    An interesting book

    See you around Sam This book is about a boy that wants to run away from home because he thinks that the rules that his mom makes are unfair. He is still happy because he can wear his fangs in his room. He really wants to wear them not only in his room but also around the house. Sam thinks that his sister might convince his mom to let him wear the fang around the house. But of curse his mom said no! He was so upset that said to him self that ¿ if I am not happy here than I¿m going to run away from home¿. The book is realistic fiction. It has exiting, serious, sad parts too. I loved the beginning because you could see Sam getting out of the car and getting closer to the house door. I like it when the author uses a lot of description to tell what is happening. I could see everything that had happened at the end of the story. It seemed like if had been in the story the hole time. The author who wrote the story See you around Sam seemed like they knew how kids felt. I would recommend this book to a lot of people because it feels you are in the characters shoes. There is a lot of description in the story. I hope that who ever reads this book really likes it like I did. I hope people that read it to recommend it to other people. I really hope that people do no give upon this wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2000

    'IT'S VERY COOL!'

    I liked this book a LOT! It was a fun book to read. Sam is cute and funny. Other 1st-graders would like Sam, too. If they can't read all by themselves like I can, they could ask their moms or dads to read it to them.

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