1. Tilah Parker
2. The book I read was quite interesting. It was mainly about a special dog named Samatha that moved with her human family to a new house. Samatha became very depressed under a new surrounding but got much comfort meeting her daily dog walker Jennie. They soon became great friends having a great bond. One day while taking Samatha for a walk Jennie discovered a mysterious house. Daily they investigated the weird man that lived in the house. Jennie was spying on him one day and saw the man with crazy hair and huge bug eyes. Come to find out the man really wasn’t weird he was just wearing a mask. He wasn’t mean at all either, he just couldn’t trust humans anymore wither old or young it really didn’t matter to him. He couldn’t trust them because he was an great inventor that got his invention stolen. Towards the end of the book Samatha and the dog turns into best buds.
3. The book has no color at all everything is done in black & white. The visual element of the book is in the format of an comic book. The author’s drawings of this book is in a abstract-characteristic format. I say this because the author drew the characters in this book as cartoon characters. They don’t seem to realistic to me. The author really focused well while sketching while the day changed throughout the whole book. While it was during the day the environment including trees, grass, sun, etc were drawn lightly but when it was dark everything turned into a grey-like scale giving the ready more reason to what time of the day special events took place.
4. The author’s purpose of writing this book was to inform readers how simple designs can be fun to read. I think he wanted to expose a children’s book that people other than children could enjoy as well. The author really added great emphasis, texture and impression to the emotion of the dog Samatha. I really felt the dogs emotion like I was a human being. Anyone could give this book 20 minutes of their day to read because this book showed a great human vs dog bond, not necessarily just for dog lovers but for people who enjoy pets.
5. The biggest strength of this book was the texture and balance of emotion drawn upon the dog in the book. I never really read a comic book quite like A sam’s & friends mystery. The author made simple characters that weren’t really over doing the story effect. Another big strength that I noticed is the way everything was drawn. When something bad happened, you didn’t need to depend on the words coming out of the character’s mouths to realize it.
6. A major weakness I found in the book was the use of no color at all. Black and white drawings aren’t bad but they can become boring. Black and white drawings also are simple and elegant. If i was to create the book I’d totally use a variety of colors. Using color makes things come more to life. Reading this book made me change the way I view animals. Whenever I read I never really pay attention to the animals when their included in the story. While reading I felt a great sense of emotion between Samatha (the dog) and Jennie (the dog walker). They had a very special bond that was interesting. Jennie was the only person that could read Samatha’s mind no one else could. Jennie had a very special gift.
7. I would recommend this book to kids aged range 9-14. Middle schooled pre-teens would be perfect for this book. There is some scary parts throughout the book that I recommend kids under 9 don’t read. Older people from 15 and up could read this book but it’s made to excite and draw interest to pre-teens.Dog lovers would really love this book, because there is a great relationship between a dog and a human. People i could imagine objecting this book is people who don’t like dogs. I wouldn’t respond to bad about people who may object the book, because once again I did find this book in the chilldren’s section in the library. So therefore to me it makes me feel like this book was really ment to make kids or pre-teens interested. Nothing really shocked me while reading the book I felt comfortable reading every page. Reading this book did change my perspective on the way I not only have a feeling for dogs but in animals in general. I felt like animals wither a dog or not has special feelings that need to be recognized.
8. Other books By: Mary Labatt -Aliens in Woodford, A friend for sam, The ghost of captain briggs, The mummy lives, One terrible halloween, A parade of sam, Pizza for sam, A puppy is for loving, Sam at the Seaside, Sam finds a monster, Sam gets lost, Sam goes next door, sam goes to school and many more.Other books By: Jo Rioux-A sam and friend’s mystery- Dracula Madness, Mummy Mayhem, Lake monster mix-up and those are the only ones I could find online.
9. I would rate this book 3/5 stars.