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Silly Sally

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  9,363 ratings  ·  432 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. ...more
Board Book, 30 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published March 31st 1994)
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I enjoy wacky and out there, but Silly Sally is beyond the boundaries or wacky and quirky. She is in the land of madness and needs to be locked up. She scares me. She could be a Batman villain and fit in with the worst of them. This is the land of madness and it’s a catching madness as well.

Silly Sally is on her way to town walking on her hands upside down and going backwards when she meets a pig, sheep, dog and duck. She turns them all crazy and they are upside down. They fall asleep and a man
Jan 06, 2015 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!
Jan 16, 2010 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 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
Aug 28, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Parents of toddlers and pre-schoolers
Recommended to Matt by: My daughters
Shelves: humor, childrens
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
Silly Sally is a silly book. I enjoyed reading it. Fun pictures. (I had to go back to the beginning to catch one thing that will be completely missed in storytime, but a close look in a lap-read should reveal it.) Great rhyming. The repetition should be good for the toddler age. Colorful illustrations to keep attention.

6/25/10 A good choice for a storytime that can have all ages. Short and repetitive for the younger ones, and silly for the older. A good ending book since it's short and I had ju
Becky Cook
Jan 22, 2012 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.
Jun 12, 2012 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.
Gabriella Nahas
Jan 03, 2016 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.
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
love it its so incredible and amazing it is INCREMAZING
May 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
There was really no point in reading this to my kids
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lots of fun. Kept even some kids with the shortest attention spans I've ever encountered entertained until the end. ...more
Chance Lee
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-it
Gosh I don't know if Ned Buttercup should be tickling Sally while she's sleeping, but she likes it and it becomes a great big ticklefest ...more
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-print-books
A fun and silly read perfect for children of all ages. The story is funny and silly while the pictures are cute and silly as well. Enjoyed it, because picture books are for big kids too! 😉
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
Courtney Hoke
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 12-favorites
Simple read with fun colors and a fun story line that will engage readers. Personally, this book made me feel very happy. There was a lot of rhyming and repetition that made it easy to follow. The color scheme was very bright and happy as it was a silly story with animals and Sally doing silly things. To me this book didn't just show that it is okay to be silly, but it is okay to consider animals your friends. That animals should be treated nicely too. Above are all the reasons I gave it 5 stars ...more
Becky B
Silly Sally and a group of animals get to town in a most unusual fashion.

I totally thought I'd read this before, but as I cataloged a new copy for the Elementary today I realized I didn't remember any of it. I'm not sure I ever did read it. Which is crazy. I have known of the book and shelved it and recommended it to kids for years. Silly is a very appropriate word for the title. It is a most silly tale about an unusual parade. The story builds, adding a companion for Sally on her trip each page
Brian Askins
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a very "silly" book to read and I enjoyed reading it as well. It follows the crazy story of how Silly Sally decides to get to town. Audrey Wood is very clever in finding different things that Sally can do backwards and upside down, and you can always count on a helpful rhyme as well. The rhythm of the book is also wonderful, everything just flows right off of your tongue as you read it. The illustrations are also wonderful, there are so many silly things to look at as you read. I would r ...more
Meg McGregor
Feb 23, 2015 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.

Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Silly Sally" is a silly book about a silly girl with unusual ways. It introduces a variety of great rhyming words and teaches children that it is perfectly fine to march to the beat of your own drum. This is just another great social/emotional book about instilling confidence in young children. This would be great for pre-school aged children and there are great, colorful illustrations throughout the story making it engaging.

Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Silly Sally is so silly! Sally walks to down by dancing backwards, and upside down. She meets many silly creatures on her adventure to town where they all play so happily all together towards town. When Sally meets a sheep, she and the other animals who have all followed backwards and upside-down all fall asleep until they are saved by Netty Buttercup who tickles all of Sally's friends awake and together they all head into town. ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A perfect read-aloud for storytime for kids 2 and up. Sally is silly because she decides to walk to town upside down. But she encounters a few animals along the way that add more silliness to her trek. We read this in our toddler storytime today and everyone enjoyed it - be sure to make animal sounds and sing along with the loon! Lots of fun rhymes and just general silliness. Another great book from Audrey Wood.
Tonia Holloway
Jul 03, 2012 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.
Moore, Maureen
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Silly Sally” by Audrey Wood is classified as juvenile fiction; it’s targeted audience is ages 2-kindergarten. It is a good companion for teaching children about individuality and positive thinking. The illustrations are full of energy and wacky; it has rhyming, humor and vocabulary enrichment.
Olugbemisola Ogutuga
Jun 16, 2012 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
Shawn Deal
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
Silly Sally is a unique girl who loves doing fun and weird things--like walking to town on your hands and backwards. It is amazing who you will meet when doing this.
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
My least favorite of the Audrey Wood books.
Lexi Hopkins
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Silly Sally is one of my favorite books as a child, I can still recite it without the book. Audrey Wood uses a rhyming technique in this book as she writes about Silly Sally making her way into town walking backwards, upside down. She meets many animals on her way to town and does silly things with those animals as she works her way into town. The illustrations in this book are very colorful and detailed. You can very clearly see all of the characters expressions on their face as well as details ...more
Marlisa Leechelle
Sep 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: child-lit
Picture book
Audrey wood took us on a whimsical story. The main character is talented and fun. This book is more for entertainment than a lesson. Though there is a theme "Don't worry about the norm, do the things you love and that can possibly become a trend or the norm." I love all the characters and the little silly things they added to her journey. I found it interesting that Audrey as a foreshadowing establishing frame of Sally's journey and you can see where she is on the path and how far s
Jackie Sisley
Silly Sally is about a woman named Sally who is headed to town while walking backward and upside down. Silly Sally is a true delight to read and is just as silly as the title would lead you to believe. This book is fun with silly characters doing silly movements that children cannot help but want to join in on. The pictures are bright, colorful, and engaging. The rhyme scheme is constant, quick, and captivating, particularly for young readers who are just beginning to play with rhyme sounds. The ...more
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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). ...more

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