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Sam & Eva
Contributor(s): Ohi, Debbie Ridpath
ISBN: 1481416286     ISBN-13: 9781481416283
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    OUR PRICE: $16.20  
Product Type: School And Library
Published: October 2017
Annotation: A sweet and humorous picture book about Sam and Eva, a boy and girl who must balance their creativity and figure out how to cooperate after their drawings come to life. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Drawing; Fiction.
Cooperativeness; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Imagination & Play
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2016036135
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 10.40" H x 10.30" W x 0.60" (1.00 lbs) 40 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Spring)
In this metafictive story, two artistic kids instigate a drawing duel in which the creatures they draw act out their creators' emotions. Eventually, the sentient drawings' high jinks overwhelm Sam and Eva, who (in a nod to Harold and his purple crayon) draw a doorway to escape. The children's drawings are rendered in a naiveti that emulates kids' art, while depictions of Sam and Eva themselves are cartoony. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2017 #6)
Creative differences lead to clashes in this metafictive story about two artistic kids, Sam and Eva, whose pictures take on a life of their own. Throughout, the children's drawings are rendered in a naive style that emulates kids' art-making, while Sam and Eva themselves are depicted in a more realistic (albeit flat) cartoon style. The story begins when Eva encounters Sam drawing what she thinks is a pony on the open, white background space that dominates beginning spreads. With not a little disdain communicated through his body language and curt response, Sam corrects her: "It's a velociraptor." Eva persists in trying to engage him, however, adding orange ears to the green velociraptor, but Sam erases them with a cloth. Determined, Eva draws her own creature and thus instigates a drawing duel in which it's soon apparent that the pictures she and Sam make are acting out their creators' emotions. The pictures fill more and more space, with their inhabitants attacking each other to humorous effect: exploding confetti, eyes that shoot lightning, and so on. But eventually, the sentient drawings' high jinks overwhelm Sam and Eva, who (in a nod to Harold and his purple crayon) draw a doorway to escape into another place with a pristine white background ready for their new drawings. And this time? They happily draw together. megan dowd lambert Copyright 2017 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 August #2)

Ohi (Where Are My Books?) celebrates creativity and cooperation in this story of two young artists, Sam and Eva, who don't see eye to eye (they can't even agree on a medium—she uses paint, he prefers chalk). "I like your pony," Eva says, walking onto the scene as Sam is seen drawing on a blank, white wall. "It's a velociraptor," Sam replies tersely. Thus begins a series of assumptions and disagreements that escalate as their drawings spring to life and do battle: Eva's orange marmot is revealed to be a secret superhero, Sam's raptor shoots lightning from his eyes, pianos fall, confetti explodes, and Eva stomps off, tired of fighting for control over the story unfolding in their artwork. Ohi paints the children in grayscale, letting the vivid, colorful chaos of their mural-in-progress reflect the intensity of their feelings and the wildness of their imaginations. Eventually the two reconcile, and although the final pages tease another potential argument, readers will finish the book confident that these two will work through their creative differences once again. Ages 4–8. Agent: Ginger Knowlton, Curtis Brown. (Oct.)

Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 September)

PreS-Gr 2—Sam and Eva are friends who a penchant for drawing. Eva drops by one day as Sam is working on a drawing, and mayhem ensues when the girl decides to turn it into a group project. "'I like your pony,' Eva said. 'It's a velociraptor,' said Sam." When she suggests some changes, Sam quickly erases her efforts, so she begins to add something else. "'Who said you could add a cat?' asked Sam. 'It's not a cat.' Eva said, 'It's a marmot.''' When it turns out that Sam's velociraptor is hungry and begins eyeing the marmot, Eva quickly draws a larger creature. Sam retaliates with an even larger creature, and things head south as Sam and Eva both become annoyed. Eva walks off in a huff, declaring "I don't like this story anymore.'" Sam tries to continue drawing, but the artwork takes on a life of its own as both sides of the creation attempt to outshine the other. Eva realizes that the time has come to start a new story, and she quickly draws an exit strategy for her and Sam: a small door, where they scoot through the cacophony of color to emerge on the other side of a plain white page and begin a new collaboration. "'I like your unicorn,' said Sam. 'It's a triceratops,' said Eva." Clever use of digital art showcases Eva and Sam in grayscale against white pages, which allows their colorful artwork to pop off the page in this homage to creativity and working together. VERDICT Fans of Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon and the more recent trilogy of Journey, Return, and Quest by Aaron Becker will appreciate this tale of artistic identity. Fun to read aloud or share with a small group.—Lisa Kropp, Lindenhurst Memorial Library, NY

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.