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Join Sammy as She Tackles Her Self-Doubt!

Sammy loves to invent new things, but inventing is not always easy. As Sammy struggles to make progress, her negative thoughts get the best of her and turn into little monsters that may look cute, but create a big mess for Sammy.

A fun and engaging story about the power of positivity and how belief in yourself can lead to great things.  For ages 3-9

Sammy's Monsterous Thoughts

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5/5 Stars - Foreword Reviews

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Critical Reviews

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5/5 Stars

...The text is doled out in thoughtful quantities; some of it becomes part of the illustrations. Different font sizes, colors, styles, and arrangements result in an interactive element to the story, while the use of all-caps, text wrapping around the illustrations, and handwritten bits of text results in depth and variety. The illustrations themselves are colorful and active, showcasing Sammy’s gizmo attempts, her frustrations, and all the naughty little monsters in eye-catching arrangements that balance well with the story. The result is a dynamic storytelling experience...

...The personification of negative talk as a troublemaking monster is clever and kid-friendly. Sammy’s experience emphasizes how treating yourself with kindness and compassion aids in success. Neipp’s bold, full-color cartoon illustrations offer vibrant scenes of the treehouse workshop filled with gadgets and amusing details like Sammy’s teddy-bear sidekick...

A girl who loves inventing things faces the monsters created by her negative thoughts in the excellent children's picture book Sammy's Monsterous Thoughts... 

 

...The message is clear: Negative thinking leads to destruction; positive thinking aids creation. When Sammy realizes, "I messed up and that's OK!" she conquers frustration by herself, without an adult's involvement, making her an inspiring role model. The cartoonlike visuals give Sammy's negative thoughts strong, physical form, making the message entertaining as well as understandable. The monsters are cute, rather than scary. Sammy’s personality also is conveyed through background details, including a SpaceX poster in her bedroom, ideas illustrated on her chalkboard, and the pulley-bucket elevator to her treehouse laboratory...

...Regardless, Sammy's Monsterous Thoughts delivers a valuable lesson in a fun, charming, dynamic package.