HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Sam and Coodles: The Room at the End of the Hall
Author: Adrienne Durkin
Publisher: Juice Publishing LLC, 2013
Related websites: http://www.SamandCoodles.com (series), http://www.JuicePublishing.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 3-8
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Durkin, Adrienne. Sam and Coodles: The Room at the End of the Hall (published in 2013 by Juice Publishing LLC, P. O. Box 5203, Westport, CT 06881). Lots of kids have a stuffed toy like a bear or a dog or a cat (I had a rabbit whom I called Charley given to me by my grandmother), but have you ever seen a stuffed armadillo? Sam lives with his Mommy and Daddy and likes to watch older kids skateboard in the park. His Aunt Tess had gone to Texas and brought him back a stuffed armadillo named Doodles, but when Sam started to talk he called it Coodles. Now there’s going to be another addition to the family, a baby sister. So Sam and Coodles will have to give up their bedroom and move into the dark, spooky room down the hall where Daddy has been working. When the baby arrives, will Mommy and Daddy still love Sam? What will the new room be like? And why did Daddy talk about skateboards?
The coming of a new sibling and moving to a different room are situations that can present a good deal of stress for youngsters, especially those who are used to being the only one. Children can easily relate to Sam’s fears and insecurities as he prepares for some big changes in his life. Along with Sam, they will learn that, no matter what happens within a family, a parent’s love remains constant, and that maybe, after all, being a big brother (or sister) might actually be cool. Author Adrienne Durkin says that she realized her passion for writing books shortly after the birth of her first child and received the inspiration for Sam and Coodles when she and her husband moved their son out of the room next door and down the hall to make room for their daughter. There are a couple of pages in the back with “Fun Facts About Armadillos.” Did you know that there are over fifty million armadillos in the United States?