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Silly Sally

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,001 Ratings  ·  323 Reviews
Dance a jig with a silly pig. Play leapfrog with a silly dog. And that’s just the beginning of all the fun! Come along and join Silly Sally and her outrageous friends as they parade into town in a most unusual way.
Board Book, 30 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published March 31st 1994)
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Jan 07, 2015 Rossy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
A bit silly but the illustrations are SO cute! Neddy Buttercup and Sally look ADORABLE, and the sheep was my favourite!
Aug 28, 2008 Matt rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Parents of toddlers and pre-schoolers
Recommended to Matt by: My daughters
Shelves: childrens, humor
It isn't my favorite children's book, but this one gets extra stars for the look of joy my kids have on their faces when it's read to them. Clearly, this is humor that three year olds can appreciate. Also, as I've discovered time and time again, the best children's art has a depth to it which encourages the young viewer to be drawn into it and find hidden little details. So, even if you don't get anything from the book directly, definately recommended to all parents of 2-3 year olds for what you ...more
Apr 07, 2010 Ronyell rated it it was amazing
“Silly Sally” is another new installment from none other than favorite children’s book writer, Audrey Wood. This book details a silly woman’s attempts to get to town while walking backwards and upside down while meeting new and loony friends along the way. Audrey Wood’s rhyming proses and hilarious illustrations are sure to please many children over and over again.

Audrey Wood’s colorful and silly illustrations are the true highlights of this story. Silly Sally is an odd sight to see as her hair
Melissa Long
Feb 20, 2012 Melissa Long rated it it was amazing
This fun book is set up in a portrait/vertical format because the images within the story tend to be long and tall. The illustrations in the book are very bright and colorful which give a happy and upbeat mood to the book. Although the text of the story is more formal, the bolder print gives it a more fun and interesting look as well as enables the reader to give their undivided attention to the images on the page. For the most part, the text is incorporated within the images,without the use of ...more
Gabriella Nahas
Jan 03, 2016 Gabriella Nahas rated it it was amazing
I thought that Silly Sally was great because I was sad that day. And after reading Silly Sally; it made me have the sillies all day long. After that I was happy all day and the next week. I think you should read it because it is very silly. Like in the title: Silly Sally.
Sep 16, 2014 Marissa rated it it was amazing
Silly Sally is a silly book. Which is exactly why children love it! The story is about a girl named Silly Sally who walks to town backwards and upside down. On her way to town she meets all sorts of animals who influence her to get to town in different ways (leaping, singing, dancing, sleeping). The book ends with another character named Neddy Buttercup waking everyone up so that they can continue into town walking backwards and upside down.
The illustrations in this book are interesting to look
Sep 10, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it
Silly Sally BY: Audrey Wood
Silly Sally by Audrey Wood was a cute book for young readers. This book is all about Sally being silly and walking to town upside down. She meets many other friends along the way and they all end up walking to town together. On their way they all fall asleep until Neddy Buttercup tickles them awake and everyone continues on their journey and makes it all the way to town!

This book had a fun rhyme scheme that I felt worked really well with the pictures. The text and ill
Deena Lernor
Sep 04, 2014 Deena Lernor rated it really liked it
Silly Sally is a red haired lady who walks upside down. She travels to town and as she continues on her journey she picks up new animals. As she picks up new animals she adds new movements to her walk to town. Before Silly Sally reaches town, she reaches a predicament and is saved by Neddy Buttercup. Sally eventually reaches town with many obstacles in her way. The setting of this story is similar to the yellow brick road in Wizard of Oz. She continues to the path until she reaches her ultimate ...more
Samantha Friedman
Wow! I remember this book from my childhood! I picked it up because of the bright yellows, purples and blues on the cover and started reading it, going, "I know this book!" I love the watercolor done in this book. Even the end pages are a bright blue and the title pages are great. The text is bold and centered either at the top of the bottom of the page which allows you to look at the entire illustration or Sally doing whatever you just read she was doing. I like how when she goes to town you it ...more
Brittaney Reed
Feb 18, 2014 Brittaney Reed rated it really liked it
Wood, A. (1992) . Silly sally. Florida: Harcourt Inc.

"Silly Sally” by Audrey Wood is funny story about a silly woman's attempt to get into town. She walks backwards and upside down all while meeting people along the way. Sally's silly antics with her friends and how they get into town will surely make you laugh. This story is humerous and a little outrageous , but a definitely good read for younger children. Sally herself is depicted with crazy red orange hair and her friends are just as unusal.
Becky Cook
Jan 22, 2012 Becky Cook rated it it was amazing
Silly Sally went to town walking backwards upside down! Along the way she met a...

As a preschool teacher I love this book. Not only because of the rhythm and rhyme but also because the illustrations tell what comes next in the story. Predictable books are very important for young children and this book is exactly what I tell parents to read to their children. After story time expect your child to "read" the story using the illustrations to assist them in storytelling.
Dec 09, 2014 Paxton rated it it was amazing
Silly Sally is one of my all time favorite books! I have had this book memorized since I was young. My grandparents got this book for me and we would read it all the time. My grandpa even started calling me Sally because I loved the book so much. He still, to this day, calls me Sally! This is a cute book more focused for younger children. It is a book that rhymes so it is very catchy for young children to get into. The words are minimal and the pictures tell the story on their own. You could mak ...more
Tonia Holloway
Jul 03, 2012 Tonia Holloway added it
Shelves: rhyme
This is one of the fun books that could be used and read at anytime. I love rhyming books like this because it allows the kids to join in with the repeated phrases and catch onto the simple repetitiveness of the storyline. I would put this book in a area, such as the listening center so they could work on following along with the story.
Sep 02, 2014 Amy rated it really liked it
“Silly Sally” is a fun, rhyming story about a woman who is parading through town, walking upside down and backwards, and meeting new friends along the way. How her and her friends get into town is very comical and entertaining.
I think that the rhyming and repetitiveness of this book is very catchy and makes it easy to follow along. To put it shortly, “Silly Sally” is an overall silly book! The feel to the book is very vibrant and upbeat, which is complimented by the bold colors of the book. Whe
Silly Sally is about a girl who goes walking into town walking backwards upside down. It is a very funny book that I think would be great to read in a class or just at nap time. The book to me was very funny, creative, and artistic. The illustrations that were shown is what really helped the book come to life. The book might not have told me it had a song to it but when it was being read I couldn't help but say the words with a sort of a song tune to it. I would read this book to a classroom bec ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Yejide rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rhyming
This book is very catchy just by looking at the front page. The colorful illustration is a great way to keep the childrens attention. Children would find this book funny because of the animals mimicking everything Silly Sally does.
Alex Austin
Wood, Audrey. "Silly Sally". New York: Harcourt Inc., 1992, Print. Silly story book. Age 2-4. This book was about a girl who would only walk backwards on her hands as she went to town. Along the way she met several animals and with each of the animals there was a different activity that they did together that rhymed with the name of the animal. With one of them she fell asleep and then another boy came in and helped her get to town. I thought that the way the white spaces were used was a great w ...more
Maggie Ward
Jun 24, 2014 Maggie Ward rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny, animals
Silly Sally goes into down and meets all sorts of animals as she walks upside down and acts generally "silly". This book is absolutely hilarious and has a sing-song rhythm to it that is sure to increase the interest of young children. I would love to read this book at a circle time and could even supplement reading the book with the children acting out parts of the book. At the end of the book, Sally and all the animals she meets get to town. I would use this book as a supplement for my bookshel ...more
Kelly Van Pelt
Jun 06, 2012 Kelly Van Pelt rated it it was amazing
I have always loved this book. It brings back to first grade when it was in our lit book. All the animals doing silly things with Sally are so cute.
Olugbemisola Ogutuga
Jun 16, 2012 Olugbemisola Ogutuga rated it liked it
Shelves: gravity
Silly Sally is about a girl who likes to walk backwards and upside down all the way into town.It is a good rhyming book
Rosa Cline
Jan 12, 2015 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids
This is a very fun book to read especially out loud! My 3 year old granddaughter and I really enjoyed it. Very few words per page along with the wonderful Illustrations that caught and kept my grandbabies attention. The few words there are many are repetitive so a beginning reader on level 2 probably could read it on their own. Reading it out loud you can almost 'sing' it it's that fun. Also I could imagine if you read this to a group of preschoolers you could almost incorporate 'gym time' with ...more
Dec 09, 2013 Sofia rated it it was amazing
love it its so incredible and amazing it is INCREMAZING
Sep 29, 2015 Monica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beginning-books
1. Silly Sally
2. Awards- None
3. Genre: Beginning Book
4. Setting: throughout the town
5. This book is a good beginning book for several reasons. First of the all the words are fairly easy to sound out or are common sight words. Second, if they do introduce a new they will use it many times in order to make the reader accustomed to the word. Thirdly the pictures help the reader envision the situation and learn the new words. This book has a great place in the classroom. I personally would introduc
Stephanie Allred
Feb 20, 2012 Stephanie Allred rated it liked it
"Silly Sally," by Audrey Wood is a perfect book for young or beginning readers. All of the text is quite simple and the rhyming words make it an easy book to read through. The illustrations take the readers on a journey with Sally as she is heading into town. One thing that is interesting to note about the illustrations is how they are organized. On the pages where Sally is progressing to the town, there is a full bleed spread, which makes it seems like the readers are travelling with her to tow ...more
Anjanette Avila
Nov 14, 2013 Anjanette Avila rated it really liked it
Shelves: authors
I really like this book. I thinks it's a fun book. It made me want to go to the park and do kart wheels. I love how the different animals join her in her quest to go to town. I love how they each do thier own thing. I love how they take a nap in the book, because reading about all that topsy turing, made me want to go to sleep myself. I think this book would capture any child's attention. It's very colorful, and full of fun vocabulary.

Audrey Wood is a children's author. She currently resides in
Sep 13, 2014 Corin rated it really liked it
Shelves: edsl-520
Genre: Predictable Books
This silly animated book engages readers as the characters dance, jig, and leapfrog on their way to town.
Themes: Rhyme, repetition, animals
Ways to use: This books is perfect for making predictions as there is a clue on each page about the next character that will be joining the party. I've also used cloze (covering some words) while reading the big book to students. The heavy rhyme and repetition allow for the students to guess what word could be covered up.
Brittany Wood
Feb 01, 2015 Brittany Wood rated it it was amazing
Silly Sally is a book full of fun. The illustrations in the book are very bright and colorful. The wording within the story rhymes and when read aloud, it creates a fun and easy rhythm that is both enjoyable for the listener and the reader. This would be a great book for children aged from birth to ten. The theme of the book was excellent for addressing communication, language and literacy. It could also be used across all other domains. This book is a great read!
Kenia Soto
Jan 27, 2015 Kenia Soto rated it it was amazing
Silly Sally is an amazing book with incredible illustration. I love this book so much. It is a fun and witty book to teach rhyming. At first glance the illustration reminded me of another book called The Napping House. I then noticed that they were both written by Audrey Wood. She uses a lot of repetition which was her intention so that children would memorize this particular book. The ending of the book introduces a new character called Neddy Buttercup which I felt could have led to a continuat ...more
Serene Atkins-Tate
Feb 25, 2015 Serene Atkins-Tate rated it it was ok
Shelves: peer-teacher
Silly Sally by Audrey Wood, is a book full of rhyming words. The books repetition makes it fun for children to read along and have some fun. As Silly Sally makes her way to town she meets animals who aren't afraid to be a little silly with her. The book is appropriate for children ages 3-7 and can be used to get children to stay engaged and act a little silly with Sally. The children can enjoy learning how to rhyming with this fun book.
Meg McGregor
Feb 23, 2015 Meg McGregor rated it liked it
Little ones will love the fun and hijinks on display throughout this story.

Silly Sally well deserves her name, as she goes all the way to town, walking backwards, and upside down.

She is joined by a pig and they dance a jig...

a dog and they play leapfrog...

a loon and they sang a tune...

a sheep and they fell asleep...

and with the help of Neddy Buttercup, they arrive in town where they start everyone walking upside down.

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Audrey Wood studied art and drama at the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. She has owned an operated a book and import store, taught chldren's drama and art, and traveled throughout Mexico and Guatemala studying Indian folk art. She now lives in Hawaii with her talented family (husband Don and son Bruce, who have both collaborated with Audrey by illustrating some of her books).
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