Children’s Book Reviews

Children's Book Reviews: Seamus's Short Story

Publish January 2, 2018

Seamus does not have the height to reach the things he wants. He finds a solution by going through his mother’s closet and finding her high heels to wear so that he can grasp the same things the adults in his world can. Seamus wears the heels to get the remote control and the chocolate milk, but he also realizes that being short allows him to pick up a coin or a ball off of the ground. There are benefits to being both tall and short.

Seamus’s Short Story teaches children that everyone is different, and that each of these differences has an advantage. Through Hartt-Sussman’s story, children learn about how helpful one’s traits are even when we try to overcome and change who we are. Pavlović’s facial illustrations capture Seamus’s expressions and thoughts as he finds new ways to navigate his world. The paintings are amusing watching a child wear high heels around his house and neighbourhood. It’s a happy story with a lesson in stature.

Seamus's Short Story

Heather Hartt-Sussman
Illustration EN: Milan Pavlović
Groundwood Books and House of Anansi Press
ISBN 13: 978-1-55498-792-4

Seumas Hetherington
Seumas Hetherington

Seumas Hetherington is a bilingual reviewer of children’s ‘books for boys’, graphic novels, comics, and mixed media stories. He is a snowboarder in South-western Ontario and a self-proclaimed ‘science geek’. Hetherington is a male writing voice who joins us from le Conseil Scolaire Providence.

The National Reading Campaign publishes children's book reviews under a Creative Commons License. This review is entirely free to reproduce and republish online and in print. Credit must be given to the reviewer and the National Reading Campaign. Reviews can be edited for brevity only. Contact Us for more information.