Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton

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Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton

Category: Children's Rhymes and Verse
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Margaret Young
Reviewed by Margaret Young
Summary: A fun rhyming story, as a bumbling pair of burned out robbers cook up a new career.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 32 Date: May 2013
Publisher: Nosy Crow
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-0857631466

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Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam are two dogs with half baked idea for what they think will be the perfect crime - despite their previous failures. The dogs prepare a wonderful feast to lure their intended victims out, making cupcakes, pies, buns and every sort of baked treat you can imagine. They have a wonderful time baking, but all the while they are planning to rob all of their guests when the party is in full swing. The feast is a huge success, but the robbery is another disaster. A small act of kindness and a heart-felt apology results in forgiveness, and a wonderful idea for a new career.

My son enjoyed this book, especially attempted robbery of the zoo. The illustrations bright and colourful and perfectly match the text, as well as having a few opportunities to add to the text if you wish. The robbery of the zoo is the perfect example where we imagine what the different animals might be saying. This is full of humour, but has a gentle moral to the story as well. It encourages children to think of how taking something that doesn't belong to you might hurt others, shows the importance of an apology and trying to make things right. Even more importantly it shows that we can learn from our mistakes.

I enjoyed reading this as well. The story is short and sweet and told in a lovely rhyme. I do make a real effort to make sure my son has a number of rhyming books as listening to rhymes is recognised as one of the first steps to phonemic awareness - a critical skill in emerging literacy. It is difficult balancing act for an author to create a book that has both a well metered rhyme and a truly engaging story. Tracey Corderoy has managed both very well written book that is as educational as it is entertaining. The excellent illustrations are, if you will pardon another pun, the icing on the cake.

If this book appeals then have a look at:

Whizz Pop, Granny Stop! by Tracey Corderoy and Joe Berger

Never Say No to a Princess! by Tracey Corderoy and Kate Leake

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Booklists.jpg Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam by Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton is in the Top Ten Picture Books of 2013.
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