Children’s Book Review: “Sam and The Sticky Situation” and “Chloe and the Closet of Secrets” (Ginger Hubbard, Al Roland & Veronika Kotyk)

So on this review we will look into two books that has the same author and illustration. Basically, Sam and The Sticky Situation and Chloe and the Closet of Secrets are the same however, there are things that will set apart these two books.

The two books tackle lying and whining. It’s sticky issues to be the center of these books but Hubbard and Roland, through rhymes delivers the message across clearly and biblically. The back up content for parents at the end of each books are also helpful in discussing these issues.

The stories here has a dash of fantasy. When I say “dash” it’s not employing a over the top or overwhelming stuff. It’s enough to give you a thrilling story and give that emphasis on the lesson it is trying to convey. Both are good in using that fantasy tool. The two story has the same plot. The resolution of the stories are heart warming and points you to get right with God. Among the two, story wise, I like most is Sam and The Sticky Situation. It has a subplot concerning the mother of the story which makes this one extra special.

The artwork and design are so good. Fits perfectly with the story. The colors are bursting with brightness. Kotyk is giving almost all the text is asking that what’s stands out to this books. That’s the tricky part of children’s book illustrations. You might have that lit illustrations but you might miss out parts of the story that needs to be conveyed through art. This is not like illustrating comics. You are given a page or two to make an artwork that will tell a moving story without speech bubbles or panels. I’m glad Kotyk was able to tell each stories superbly. So which one is my favorite interms of having the best visuals? I’ll pick Chloe and the Closet of Secrets.

Sam and The Sticky Situation and Chloe and the Closet of Secrets are both great books for young children to read and learn. It’s shows not only lying and whining as bad behavior but something that God doesn’t approve through the narrative and artworl. Every story ends with repenting these sins to a gracious God.

My verdict:

Sam and The Sticky Situation – 4.5 out of 5

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Chloe and the Closet of Secrets – 4.5 out of 5

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