What Are You Doing, Sam?

A review of What Are You Doing, Sam? by Marie-louise Gay

Published on March 1, 2007

What Are You Doing, Sam?
Marie-louise Gay


Marie-Louise Gay’s What Are You Doing, Sam? (Groundwood) follows the title character around his home as he embarks on various indoor pursuits with his dog Fred in tow while his older sister, Stella, busies herself with her own projects. As he entertains himself, he calls out questions to his sister, (“How do dogs swim?”). With great confidence and authority, Stella provides innovative and comical replies (“They take swimming lessons”). Gay delivers yet another gentle tale infused with humour, and accompanied by her soft and soothing mixed-media illustrations. mRb

Carol-Ann Hoyte is the Quebec English-language regional coordinator for TD Canadian Children's Book Week and organizer of monthly mixers for Montreal anglophone children's book authors and illustrators.



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