A review by Fran Cain, Tonto Basin Public Library manager
"On a small island, near a large harbor, there once lived a fisherman's little daughter (named Samantha, but always called Sam), who had the reckless habit of lying," begins the book Sam, Bangs and Moonshine.
Sam tells wondrous tales of the fierce lion she has at home -- what she really has is a wise old cat named Bangs.
One tall tale Sam tells to her best friend Thomas puts Bangs the cat in danger and almost ends in disaster.
Sam learns a valuable lesson and the difference between real and moonshine.
Sam, Bangs and Moonshine, written and illustrated by Evaline Ness, is a wonderful book to share with people of all ages.
The illustrations are whimsical and enchanting.
This heartwarming story ends happily ever after and leaves the reader feeling like they know and love the characters in the story.