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The Elephant(s) in the Room: Another Sammy the Weasel Story by Denny Laake and Monica Laake Beavers is a cute and fun adventure featuring Sammy, a self-assured weasel who fancies himself to be a great detective, and Kramer his companion, a schnauzer dog. Kramer spots some strange happenings in the house and asks his friend Sammy to investigate whether there might be elephants inside. The story is one in a series where children can follow the adventures of Sammy and Kramer, characters that are very much the opposite of each other. Sammy’s focus is on playing up his talents. Kramer is humble, with a slow and steady approach, and draws conclusions missed by the self-assured Sammy. Kids and parents alike will giggle as Kramer rolls his eyes when Sammy’s haughtiness focuses on his cleverness rather than seeing the elephants in the room. As the story unfolds, you can imagine children shouting with glee, “but there is an elephant…just there.”
In The Elephant(s) in the Room by Denny Laake, the colorful illustrations by Monica Laake Beavers add to the story’s amusement by bringing to life a monster in the closet, camouflaging characters in trees and on the wallpaper, and entertaining young readers with a myriad of facial expressions that are sure to delight. The red crayon over-writing on the titles and some of the pages add to the merriment as it’s typical of what a child (or weaselly Sammy) might do when misbehaving with books. Children will enjoy some serious fun with Sammy and Kramer, two charming characters, both endearing for different reasons, who sort of solve mysteries while sharing a great story.