Friday, March 21, 2014

Starred Review from School Library Journal!

NUMBER ONE SAM comes through with a third starred review! This one from School Library Journal. The review will appear in the April issue, and the full review is under the picture. Woohoo!

Author: Pizzoli, Greg
Illustrator: Pizzoli, Greg
ISBN: 9781423171119

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

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