Friday, August 14, 2015

Sammy Steals the Show: A Bird Brain Book (Book#10)

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
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.

My Impressions: 
This is the first book that I have read by author Emlyn Chand and I am glad that I stepped out to pick up a new author. Her writing style has this easy flow that invites you into her story.  The only negative thing I can say about this book is from the illustrations.  Although they are beautifully done, they lack  of bright colors that I have come to adore in children's books. Outside of that, I enjoyed reading Sammy Steals the Show by Emlyn Chand.

I think the story and the message the book delivers is fantastic. Cocktails and children alike, need to learn to think and weigh out consequences before they act. I really enjoyed the focus being on the character of Sammy and his friends. Being a  bird or person that is selfless, strong, loyal,and kind,  rubs off on those around you. Selecting friends that have your same character is vitally important.

I think this would make a great book to read with your children so you can discuss the different character traits you run across as you read and how they are being applied not only in the book, but the lives of our children.

Discover the Full Bird Brain Books Series

  • Honey the Hero
  • Davey the Detective
  • Poppy the Proud
  • Tommy Goes Trick-or-Treating
  • Courtney Saves Christmas
  • Vicky Finds a Valentine
  • Izzy the Inventor
  • Ricky the Runt
  • Larry the Lonely
  • Sammy Steals the Show
  • Polly Wants to be a Pirate

About the Author: Emlyn Chand was born with a fountain pen grasped firmly in her left hand (true story). Novel Publicity's mascot is a sun conure, thanks to her obsession with birds-and she gets to decide anyway since she is the company's founder and president. Her 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. Learn more or connect with her (or her Sun Conure, Ducky!) on either of her author websites: or or via Tsu, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book from the author via Storm Super Reader Program in exchange for my honest review.

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