Sammy Sanders can't sleep. He is 77 percent sure that a spaghetti-slurping serpent lives in his sewer. Sammy and his sidekicks - his sister, Sally, and their slobbery dog, Stan - set out to discover the truth. What Sammy finds is a surprise in this tongue-twisting mystery featuring the slippery letter S.
Alliterative word play is not only fun for the tongue; it's a form of phonemic awareness important for emerging literacy. It is even more fun when the alliteration leads to exposing children to all kinds of vivid vocabulary. And there is lots of both kinds of fun in the delightfully absurd tale about how Sammy Sander's sleepless nights come from his fear of a spaghetti slurping serpent living in his sewer; accompanied by his sister Sally and their slobbery dog Stan, Sammy stalks the critter following a suspiciously slimy splatter. Sammy's goggle size glasses and anxious expression, a Huckleberry Hound looking Stan and a scaly slithering purple sewer serpent make the illustrations as delightfully playful as the story. Once kindergarten and first grade classrooms have had a rollicking read-through, children are sure to be able to talk about how that slippery letter S dominates the story and sling out a few stupendous somewhat silly sentences of their own, following the model. Reviewer: Mary Hynes-Berry - Children's Literature
"Ripes' yarn has pace and phonetic crackle." ~ Kirkus
"I bought this for my young son based on the title because he enjoys reading aloud books that play with sound (what kid doesn't like to slurp?). But as it turns out, he loved the story even more because it contains a mystery, which kept him thoroughly engaged! He has just started reading books on his own before bedtime and THE SPAGHETTI-SLURPING SEWER SERPENT has become part of the regular rotation. He never seems to get tired of it!"
"Me and my 3 year old love this book! The pictures are bright and fun to look at with little surprises in the background of each picture (see how many pictures the serpent is hiding in). The rhyme is fun and a bit challenging to get through so reading it out loud is a combination of giggles at the story as well as laughing at Mommy's tied tongue. It is a cute story that moves quickly enough for a toddler and combines simple and more complicated words for appropriate educational development."
"This book is a favorite of my boys! Its fun and funny! There are a ton of S words so be prepared."
"I gave this book to my 4 year-old nephew for Christmas. He absolutely loves the book as do the adults who read to him. When the letter 'S' day came around at his preschool, he asked to bring the book in. He came home with the book and a note of thanks from the teacher. She had read it aloud to the entire class, and every single child in the room loved it. I can't think of a better testimonial than that!"
Children's Book Author
The Spaghetti-Slurping Sewer Serpent
Laura Russell Ripes
Age Range: 3 - 5 years
Lexile Measure: AD750L
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Two Lions (April 1, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
by: Laura Ripes
illustrated by: Aaron Zenz