Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam.

Rhyme & rhythm capture a delightful turn of events in Tracey Corderoy’s picture book, Shifty McGifty & Slipper Sam pride themselves on being robbers. However, even they can’t ignore the fact that, well, they just aren’t that good at it.

‘They got to their house and they flopped down inside,

“We’re no good at robbing at all,” Shifty sighed. ‘

They’ve tried many places, even a zoo, but … nothing. Time to try a different tactic?

A dastardly plot may not go quite the way they had hoped …. but it does help the pair unveil a hidden talent.

I adored the delicious turn of events, suffice to say;

‘Now Shifty and Sam never grumble or groan.’

Steven Lenton’s illustrations fill each page. There’s a great charm that emanates from each one. With lots to discover within each one, it will definitely reward repeated readings.

I particularly enjoy how the resolution isn’t wrapped up in just one page, the readers get to see how Shifty and Sam’s new life pans out for them – I love that!

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam is utterly charming and engaging; it’s great fun to read out loud.


Tracey Corderoy
Steve Lenton
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