cover image All about Sam

All about Sam

Lois Lowry. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), $16 (135pp) ISBN 978-0-395-48662-7

Readers familiar with Lowry's Anastasia books may think they know Sam, the Krupniks' son. But they will find out differently when they read Lowry's latest humorous book, told from Sam's point-of-view. There is more to Sam than his older sister gives him credit for. Sam tells of his early (very early) struggles to make himself understoodevery time he said something it came out ``Waaaahhhh.'' He relays the joys of learning to use his arms to roll over; and the reason the living room rug became lumpy over the years. Although the book starts out slowly, as Sam grows up he becomes an interesting and vivacious character in his own right. And once readers have read about Sam, they will undoubtedly want to reread the Anastasia books. Ages 6-10. (October)