Friday, 10 May 2013

This Morning Sam Went To Mars By Nancy Carlson Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written By Nancy Carlson

Published By Free Spirit Publishing



Eight-year-old Sam is always daydreaming about exploring space and the deepest seas, which is awesome—except when he’s supposed to be focusing on schoolwork or stuff at home. It seems like all he hears is, “Focus, Sam!” and “Pay attention!” The doctor says Sam is lucky: He has a very powerful brain! But he does need some help focusing. She gives Sam and his dad lots of strategies to try, like staying organized, eating better food, and asking for help when he needs it. Sam’s favorite strategy? Make time for imagination!


As a father of a small son with attention problems, I was really drawn to this book because of its story and I'm really glad I did.

After reading it with my son, I was struck at how nice the story is and at how true to life it is without being preachy in the slightest.

Carlson has done an absolutely superb here of writing a story about a little boy with attention problems and really makes some lovely points  about how the child's mind works and how much they struggle but without beating the reader over the head.  Her easy writing style really makes this a lovely story with a kind hear t that both the parents and the little ones can enjoy.

I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the lovely illustrations in this book.  Her way of drawing really makes the characters come to life and really illustrations a child's imagination brilliantly.

Well worth picking up.

Story 4/5
Characters 3.5/5
Recommended 4/5
Overall 11.5/15

"I like this book.  He go space.  I like space."

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