There's Something About Sam (Hardcover)

There's Something About Sam By Hannah Barnaby, Anne Wilsdorf (Illustrator) Cover Image

There's Something About Sam (Hardcover)

By Hannah Barnaby, Anne Wilsdorf (Illustrator)


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Despite his initial hesitation to invite the new kid, Sam, to his sleepover birthday party, Max quickly discovers that what makes us different makes us special, and new friends can come in all shapes, sizes, and species . . . Perfect as a birthday gift, and for fans of Vampirina Ballerina and Crankenstein. 

There’s something strange about the new kid, Sam—though Max can’t quite put his finger on it. But EVERYONE else in his class is invited to Max's birthday sleepover, so his mom invites Sam too.

Sam is just as strange at the party as he is at school: he's wary of the full moon, prefers his hamburgers rare, and can’t help but bite the other kids during an innocent game of Twister. But despite his initial hesitation, Max discovers that what makes us different is actually what makes us special, and that new friends can come in all shapes, sizes, and species . . .

This charming and pitch-perfect story will teach young readers all about the excitement of making new friends, and learning from our differences.

Hannah Barnaby holds an MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons College and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. Formerly a children’s book editor, she has also worked as a bookseller and a writing instructor. Hannah was the first writer to earn the Children’s Writer in Residency at the Boston Public Library. Visit Hannah at, or follow her on Twitter@HannahRBarnaby or Instagram@hannahbarnaby. 

Anne Wilsdorf has illustrated over 20 books for children, including the Ezra Jack Keats honor book, Sophie's Squash. She was the Swiss candidate for the prestigious Andersen Prize in 2000 and currently teaches illustration at l'Ecole Romande des Arts de la Communication in Lousanne. 
Product Details ISBN: 9781328766809
ISBN-10: 1328766802
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: July 14th, 2020
Pages: 32
Language: English

"Barnaby’s text hits just the right notes, from Max’s initial uneasiness about Sam to his joyful acceptance of his friend’s differences....Good fun." —Booklist    "Delicately lined ink illustrations, supplemented by gradient watercolor washes, are reminiscent of classic picture books....An endorsement of moving past uncertain first impressions—and accepting people despite, or because of, their idiosyncrasies."—Publishers Weekly    "Some well-written, lightweight fun with a little deductive reasoning thrown in. Recommended for large collections."—School Library Journal