Review Blog

Nov 01 2014

Sally Snicker's knickers by Lynn Ward

cover image

Ill. by Anthea Stead. Walker, 2014. ISBN 9781921720499
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Verse, Underwear, Humour, Difference. Sally is unusual and likes to wear her knickers on her head in preference to a hat. The first half of the book shows her in her knicker wearing guise, with vibrant images showing a broad range of undies; boxer shorts, Y-fronts, long johns, cottontails, lycra, all placed on Sally's grinning head. But not everyone accepts her oddity, particularly not her teacher who reminds her of the school hat rule. But the rest of her class make the teacher change her decision and all is resolved very neatly.
This is a lovely tale of difference, of not obeying rules, of having your friends support the decision you have made. Sally tries on all of her knickers as well as a few from other people on her head. Readers will laugh out loud at Sally and her preference for frilly knickers or floral knickers, with all shades between, until she arrives at school to find some opposition.
The four line verses are fluid and easy to read out loud, filling out Sally's other traits, enabling readers to feel empathy for the girl who likes to wear knickers on her head, as well as odd socks, and sometimes no shoes. The colourful illustrations add to the scope and humour of the story as readers will love recognising the different sorts of knickers shown.
Fran Knight

Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
2017 Children's Peace Literature Award Short List
Inkys Awards 2017
2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award
2017 NSW Premier's History Awards
The Queensland Literary Awards 2017
CBCA Awards 2017 winners
Environment Award for Children's Literature 2017
Speech Pathology shortlist 2017
2017 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals
2017 Branford Boase Award
2017 UKLA Book Awards

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Bookmark and poster templates