Book Review: Sammy Steals the Show 1

Sammy Steals the Show by Emlyn Chand

About the Book

Title: Sammy Steals the Show (a Bird Brain Book, #10) | Author: Emlyn Chand | Illustrator: Noelle Giffin | Publication Date: May 28, 2014 | Publisher: Evolved Publishing | Pages: 56 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 Book Description: Sammy is a talented young cockatiel who loves to sing out of his open apartment window for all of Australia to hear. One day, he watches a reality singing competition with his human friend, Lisa, and knows that if he could just audition, he would surely win. What follows is a masterful escape, an eventful journey to the Sydney Opera House, and an audition the crew of “Sing Your Heart Out” will never forget. Will Sammy take home the title of Australia’s next rising star, or will he find something more important along the way? There’s only one way to find out: join Sammy in his humorous adventure of fame, friendship, and fun.

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About the Author: Emlyn Chand

Emlyn (4)From an early age, Emlyn Chand has counted books among her best friends. She loves to hear and tell stories and emerged from the womb with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). Her affinity for the written word extends to absolutely every area of her life: she has published fiction across multiple genres, oversees and
contributes as both an editor and an author to the Novel Publicity Guides for Writing & Marketing Fiction series, and loves the written word so much, she even married author Falcon Storm! Don’t forget that she is the founder and president of Novel Publicity too.
The book that changed Emlyn’s life is Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson. It opened her eyes to the world that could exist if only she was willing to create it—a lesson she has never forgotten. Maybe that’s why she loves writing her Bird Brain Book series for children so much! Emlyn’s first novel, Farsighted, won the prestigious Writer’s Digest Self-Published Novel of the Year award in 2012 for the YA category. She now writes most of her fiction under her real name, Melissa Storm.

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Spark and Pook Review

I enjoyed reading Sammy Steals the Show by Emlyn Chand. Perhaps that’s because I grew up with a cockatiel whose personality is reflected in Sammy. His loyalty, cuddliness, and fun-loving spirit endear him to readers.

In this book, Sammy and his owner don’t have much other than each other, but they make the best of what they do have. The two have settled into a comfortable routine they each enjoy, when suddenly an opportunity for adventure and fortune arises.  The way Sammy handles this opportunity for fortune and fame shows a lot about his character and leaves us with a surprise ending sure to spark conversations with children.

What really impressed me about this book is the strong focus on character traits. Sammy’s decisions and actions show that he is loyal, kind, humble, and selfless. There are several places in the story that provide an opportunity to discuss one of these characteristics with children.  Because of all the themes woven throughout this book, I would recommend it for ages 5-10.

*I was provided an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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