Sammy and the Wrecking Ball

Children - Picture Book
38 Pages
Reviewed on 10/09/2013
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Author Biography

Ms. Sansone is a Paraprofessional Children's Librarian who loves to write stories for children in verse. She escapes to the country on weekends where she comes in contact with all sorts of crawling critters, including snakes. Needless to say Ms. Sansone prefers to write about snakes rather than encounter them in person. Ms. Sansone has recently completed a mystery novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Sammy and the Wrecking Ball is a children's book written by Marguerite Sansone and illustrated by Joe Bevill. Sammy is a snake who has a pretty nice lifestyle until a crane with a wrecking ball begins to demolish his little house in the woods. Sammy sadly leaves his wrecked home and realizes with dismay that the crane is following him. He runs headfirst into a tree and then ends up climbing up on the wrecking ball, thinking it's a rock. Things just keep getting more and more complicated for this formerly happy-go-lucky reptile.

Marguerite Sansone's children's book is great fun. The story is fast-paced and funny, and the illustrations by Joe Bevill add to the adventure and entertainment. I started smiling when I noticed the annoyed creatures who were being prepared for Sammy's meal; the angry bird peeking out of the muffin and a disgruntled frog who's not at all interested in being part of Sammy's crepe. Sammy's misadventures are a riot. At one point, he's sailing through the air on the wrecking ball and all around him are alarmed and flustered birds, watching in dismay as he wraps his tail around a vine and swings to safety.

I've already read this book twice and plan on visiting it yet again this evening. The story-line is sure to please kids and their parents alike, and the pictures make it all come alive. Sammy and the Wrecking Ball is also a fabulous way to introduce children to nature and the outdoors.