Shifty McGifty & Slippery Sam – Book Review

We recently received this as a gift and have fallen head over heels with this adorable book, so much so, that I had to share.


Written by Tracey Corderoy, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam is the tale of two pups living a life of crime. But this robbing pair are not too hot at their career of choice and whilst in an attempt to create a master burglary, they stumble across their true talents in life.

The words leapt off the page in a beautiful rhythm as we read aloud and my 3yr old was instantly entranced. He immediately felt an affection for this dastardly but daft duo. The illustrations by Steven Lenton are quirky but charmingly detailed. Soon my son was drawn in to picking out details and items to understand more of the imaginary world of Shifty and Sam and their canine neighbours.

As a parent reading aloud (many times, over and over!) I found the book enjoyable. Even on the third read, I was keen to develop our version of the pups and with much help from my mini director-in-chief, perfected my voices of the main characters.

This book is a perfect bedtime addition for any preschooler in my opinion and it has easily earned a place in our go to ‘calm down’ book selection, one that I know I can pick up and it will easily send my active pair to nestle down on the sofa for a good read.

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