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Stay-at-Home Sammy and the Runaway Spot
     

Stay-at-Home Sammy and the Runaway Spot

by Maria Nilsson Thore
 

Sammy is a leopard with 500 perfect spots. But one morning a spot is missing. It’s a runaway spot! Sammy tries to catch it and stick it back on with tape, but the spot hops out the window and escapes. The spot is free! Quirky, dynamic art and a funny story will have young readers chuckling and considering what home means to them. An amusing double gatefold

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Sammy is a leopard with 500 perfect spots. But one morning a spot is missing. It’s a runaway spot! Sammy tries to catch it and stick it back on with tape, but the spot hops out the window and escapes. The spot is free! Quirky, dynamic art and a funny story will have young readers chuckling and considering what home means to them. An amusing double gatefold feature reveals the story of the spot’s adventures while on the run.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
04/01/2017
PreS-Gr 2—This is the tale of Sammy the cheetah, who wakes up to find that one of her 500 spots is missing. The runaway spot has decided to leave home and explore the world. In a whimsical demonstration of the idea that "if you love something, you must let it go," Sammy sets her spot free and often thinks about the adventures it must be having. The book was first published in Sweden and features illustrations rendered in watercolor, pencil, and ink. The artwork is dynamic, matching the fun vocabulary and action of the story. A gatefold of sequential art titled "The Eye-Opening Adventures of a Globe-Trotting Spot" details the spot's travels and indicates the passage of time. The warm colors and floral patterns used to depict illustrations of Sammy's home provide a strong sense of domesticity. At a glance, the character of Sammy appears somewhat doglike, but her long tail, the presence of yarn in her bedroom, and a zebra-striped mug offer clues to her feline nature. The spot's homecoming and newly established relationship with Sammy make for a warm and satisfying conclusion. VERDICT An engaging read-aloud for young children and groups, while the animated illustrations will amuse more independent readers.—Kelly Topita, Anne Arundel County Public Library, MD
Kirkus Reviews
2016-12-21
In an interesting take on "The City Mouse and the Country Mouse," Swede Thore tells the tale of one scribbly spot that vacates its host, a spotted and sedentary feline, for an adventure. When Sammy wakes up with flu symptoms, she realizes that something is askew. One of her 500 spots is missing. She feels miserable, the kind of misery that can only be rectified by a cup of hot cocoa. Thore's text in the uncredited translation is wryly funny, deftly unreeling the plot and defining its characters. Sammy chases it, but "that rebel spot was way too fast," but then she realizes, "if that spot's unhappy, why pursue it?" Each double-page spread bursts with details that will captivate young readers. Sammy's knotted tail reflects how lifeless she feels while suffering from the flu. The tub's claw feet look just like Sammy's. Is that the missing spot hiding behind the toilet's pedestal? Hearts appear on the curtains on the closing pages, as the two protagonists reunite. A midbook gatefold opens from a view of Sammy contentedly at home to show the adventures of the spot in 12 humorous panels—the spot finds itself on a dog, in a scoop of ice cream, winning a game of marbles, and even nestled up next to an éclair. Both spot and Sammy learn new things about themselves while the spot is AWOL and find out that, in the end, there really is no place like home. Sometimes the best part of travel is telling the tale afterward. (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823436774
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
01/30/2017
Pages:
36
Sales rank:
1,387,568
Product dimensions:
7.75(w) x 10.25(h) x (d)
Lexile:
AD660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Maria Nilsson Thore is an award-winning picture book author and illustrator in her native Sweden. This is her first book to be published in the United States.

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