Early Readers,  Little Book

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Tale of the Terrible Secret

Kristina Stephenson
Listen…. have you heard? There’s a terrible secret hidden in a well – a well in the keep of a creepy castle that teeters on top of a hill. Follow Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, his faithful cat Envelope and his good grey mare, as they dare to enter that fearful place and let the secret out! Oh my!
This book was recommended to us by preschool. They have been using it in a display recently and commented on how much my son loved it. They weren’t wrong.
Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, his cat Envelope and his good grey mare go in search of adventure and in this book they find it in a crumbling castle at the top of a very large hill. In the past couple of weeks the sound of sobbing has made it down to the bottom of the hill, but the people in the village there have been too scared to investigate. That is until Sir Charlie Stinky Socks comes along! What follows is an adventure in which Sir Charlie is a fearless knight and one that discusses the importance of always telling the truth.
I can see why my son loves this book so much. It appeals to his love of knights and his silly sense of humour. This humour is emphasised by the language used. Some parts rhyme but others don’t which really adds to the atmosphere of the book. It’s the kind of book that invites you to use silly voices when reading aloud. There are also 4 giant flaps in the book that have to be lifted to read the story which is always going to be popular with preschoolers. I’m so glad that we did buy this book and I don’t think it will be long before the other books in the series will be added to our shelves.
Verdict: Exciting, fun and perfect for little (and not so little) ones.
Reviewed by Alison

Publisher: Egmont
Publication Date: November 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
Genre: Picture book
Age: Early Readers
Reviewer: Alison
Source: Own Copy
Challenge: British Book

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