When Sam Sets Sail by LeAnn Beck PLUS Three Stooges Classic Comics


Today I am doing two reviews! ๐Ÿ˜€

samsetsailWhen Sam Sets Sail

By LeAnn Beck

38 pages – ages 6+

Published by CreateSpace on June 14, 2012

When Sam set sail the sea was fine, but after a terrible storm came by, things turned for the worse. Sea monsters surfaced and stirred the waters up! What will Sam and his crew do?!?

This unique, illustrate your own adventure is a lot of fun. The story is told in rhyme and has a twist ending that will make you giggle. The pages are meant to be illustrated by the reader. They look like old scrolls –

samsetsI think that’s pretty cool. The story is cute and the rhyme s pretty good. The story definitely gives ideas for some cool drawings. I think any kid (boy or girl) would like to illustrate this adventure.

Four out of five bookworms for this illustrate your own adventure book! fourbooks

NOW – Who’s ready for some silliness?

Nuk nuk nuk HEY Moe!

3stogesThe Best of The Three Stooges volume 2

By Norman Maurer, Joe Messerli and Pete Alvarado

192 pages – ages 7+

Published by Papercutz on January 15, 2013

I am a huge fan of old comics (the artwork is great) and I also LOVE the Three Stooges. I was happy to see that Papercutz put out another volume of a collection of the original Three Stooge comics (originally published from 1954-1972). From making deliveries to boxing to working as lifeguards, the Stooges do it all… badly! As a bonus there is also an interview with author Norman Maurer and comic book artist Joe Kubert (who started drawing comics professionally at age 11!!). This is a book I will read over and over again!

Five out of five for this funny collection! fivebooks

English: Publicity photo for The Three Stooges...

English: Publicity photo for The Three Stooges short subject Disorder in the Court. Copyright Columbia Pictures, 1936. Used to illustrate film being described. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Categories: Age 6-9, Age 9+, Comics / Graphic Novels

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45 replies

  1. Just can’t go wrong with the classics ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I love the three stooges! I grew up watching them.

    The illustrate your own pages is a cute idea. I’m doing a similar project with Taylor’s class right now. I took out one of my old picture book manuscripts to read to them last week. This week they’re working on illustrations for me. I’m going to collect them Friday and create a PDF version of the book using their illustrations which I’ll distribute to everyone who participated. Fun!

  3. Thanks for sharing two fun picks. I grew up watching The Three Stooges (Dark Ages) and haven’t read any comics in a long time. Good to see classic TV shows featured this way. There’s a Three Stooges Cookbook that’s on my wish list. Disaster in the kitchen? Who’s your favorite stooge?

  4. Mom doesn’t like stooges. I try not to take that personally….. She does like drawing, though. That would be a good drawing book for her!

    Love and licks,

  5. Very cool, Erik! The first book looks like such a fun, creative idea – love that illustrate your own adventure! And how can you not love anything Three Stooges? ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Love the story you reviewed and the opportunity for kids to write their own story. Is it a chpater book? So first grader could write a story?? Thinking about my first grade great granddaughter. (P.S. — I’m not a Three Stooges fan either.)

  7. I sure like the idea of kids illustrating that book!! I sure could get a paw into that! Fun! I don’t know the stooges. The Mom Person says Walker is a stooge and that should tell me something. They must be pretty goofy. Thanks for these reviews!

  8. Interesting concept for the first book. I always liked the IDEA of the Stooges, but was more of a Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, and Marx Brothers kid myself!

  9. You are a young made of great discernment!

  10. Great reviews, Erik. When Sam Set Sail sounds like a great idea. Letting kids illustrate the book themselves is a great way to inspire creativity. I love the Stooges and it goes without saying that I love old comics too. It’s amazing how young a lot of the classic creative teams were when they started out. Stan Lee was 19 when he got his first job at Timely (the company that would later become Marvel).

    • Thanks Mr. Eveleigh! WOW! I didn’t know that Stan Lee was that young! WOW!

      • His first work was as Joe Simon’s assistant on Captain America #2. As a result, issue #2 is actually considered more valuable than #1! Here is a site I think you’ll get a kick out of http://comicbookplus.com/ All of the comics on there are either public domain (meaning that the copyright has expired and anyone can do what they want with them) or open source (meaning that the copyright owner has decided to treat it as though it is public domain). It also means that you can write your own stories for a lot of the characters in them ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thanks for the link Mr. Eveleigh!

  11. Thanks for the reviews of these books. I’m going to get copies of When Sam Set Sail. I have a few kids I know who love to make up their own stories, so this would be great for them.

  12. wow! I love how you always put so much detail in ur posts! My posts are so much shorter! how do you find the time? he he

  13. I like the interactivity of the first book a lot! I hardly know the three Stooges!

  14. The Three Stooges was one of my favorites. I’d watch them late at night after holiday gatherings. They were also great on a Saturday in cartoon form. I love that Papercutz has adopted the comic book version. If any company can do this iconic trio justice it is Papercutz.

    Nice review Erik. I am not much interested in an illustrate it yourself book. I received one for review that was horrendous. Maybe this one was done with a better story. Still not my favorite “genre.”

  15. I really liked the concept behind When Sam Set Sail – as well as the ending! I love that there’s a kids book about the Three Stooges so that a new generation can enjoy their zany-ness! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. When Sam Set Sail is a great book for creative kids!

  17. My husband loves the three stooges, I’d probably look for this book for him. Haha. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. I love The Three Stooges! I didn’t know about the Papercutz books! Fun! And I’m hoping my library has a copy of When Sam Set Sail. It sounds great and I love that it rhymes.

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