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Cover of Eine Woche voller Samstage.

Eine Woche voller Samstage

author: Paul Maar (1973)
series: Sams #1
date read: 2000-05-01
pages: 160
lists: german , kids
rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

This is the first part of a very German series of books for children. The Sams (from “Samstag”, “Saturday”) appears the the very dull, very anxious office worker Herr Taschenbier after for a full week every day fulfills its literal name, making the book basically untranslatable. The Sams has blue dots all over its face, and whenever you make a wish, a dot disappears and the wish comes true.

It’s a hilarious premise for kids, especially since the adult is a scared bullied slip of a man, and the Sams is extremely alive and cares about nothing. It’s not a girl and not a boy, not human nor animal, it’s just itself. We read the book in school, and I liked it a lot both before and after that. It’s got a wild chaotic energy that kids tend to love – and the only hidden moral lesson is “be yourself and fuck the bullies”, which seems like a good thing to teach kids.

Further Reading

For more chaotic energy, Pippi. For more Sams, the second part.

For the same chaotic energy with no magic wishing powers, and for grown-ups: Känguru-Chroniken, which are just as impossible to translate, incidentally.

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