Lights Out

Super Speed Sam, Book 6 of 12

Children - Educational
76 Pages
Reviewed on 12/05/2016
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Author Biography

Proud winner of the 5th Annual Beverly Hills Book Awards in the “Holiday” category for Super Speed Sam - Santa's Rescue Dog.

I feel that some of the natural interactions between family and friends are gradually eroding, if not already completely worn away for some. And I was reminded of a C.S.Lewis quotation -

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.”

It also feels like the simple joy of laughing or crying among family and friends is being replaced by beeps, bops and demands to ‘add new features’ or ‘why doesn’t this work?’ or ‘who’s hogging the Wi-Fi?’.

So I set out to create a fun and exciting series of children’s short stories, with lots of adventure and splashes of humor, all paced to hold children’s attention whether reading or listening… at least that’s my hope!

Stories that will delight both boys and girls, the young and old, and, of course, moms and dads! Tales that allow a return to simpler values, kid-like imagination for both children and adults and, I sincerely hope, bring families closer together.


    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Lights Out: Super Speed Sam, Book 6 of 12 is a children's educational storybook written by Monty J. McClaine. Sam is a basset hound who lives with his human family: Jack, Mom, Dad, and his special friend, baby Molly. Only Molly knows that Sam has inherited super speed powers that enable him to protect his family -- and keep Jack out of trouble. Jack is at the age where he likes to get into all sorts of mischief. Jack couldn't go out and play in the yard that Friday afternoon. The sky was dark and stormy looking, and a thunderstorm was brewing. Mom was cooking her special beef stew in the kitchen, while Jack continued working on his comic. His dad draws comic books that are incredible, and Jack wants to get as good as his dad is at making adventures come to life. Suddenly, there was a flash and the lights went out in the kitchen. Everyone thought it was thunder, but Mom soon realized it was just the overhead light in the kitchen. She decided not to wait for Dad to come home and set out to fix things herself. It all seemed to be working just fine, but Sam kept a vigilant eye on things. If anything went wrong, he was ready to charge into action.

Monty J. McClaine's educational adventure book for children, Lights Out: Super Speed Sam, Book 6 of 12, brings out a more serious subject in this lighthearted and entertaining adventure series for children. Sam and Jack are faced with an emergency situation, and, between the two of them, they get in touch with the authorities and get emergency medical help for Mom. I love how this book gives kids a real feel for what to do in an emergency and what it would be like to call 911 for help. McClaine's young Jack is understandably nervous talking to that operator, but his fears are quickly eased by the questions he's asked and answered. After reading this book, or having it read to them, a child will know what to expect in an emergency situation when he/she is the only one who can save the day and be a hero like Jack and Sam. Lights Out: Super Speed Sam, Book 6 of 12 is most highly recommended.

Gisela Dixon

Lights Out: Super Speed Sam by Monty J McClaine is an educational children’s book. Lights Out is the sixth book in a series and starts off with a brief introduction to the McClaine family which consists of Mom, Dad, Jack, their six-year-old boy, Molly, their younger baby daughter, and Sam, their family dog who is a basset hound. Lights Out starts off with an ordinary evening in the house as the family is spending time at home waiting for Dad to get back from work. All of a sudden, their light bulb goes out and Mom tries to replace it herself. However, since the switch is still on and she doesn’t use the step-ladder and uses the chair instead, Mom falls down on the kitchen floor due to a combination of accidents. Suddenly, everyone panics but fortunately, with the help of Sam and his magical powers, the children figure out what to do and Jack is able to call 911 for help. In the end, all’s well that ends well.

Lights Out: Super Speed Sam by Monty J McClaine is an educational read for children to teach them what to do in case of an emergency. I found the character portrayal to be that of a very ordinary family and the incident that takes place is something that could happen to anyone. However, I did wish that magical powers did not come into play here and that this could have been handled by everyone without the use of magic. Still, it is - after all - a children’s story and, overall, the message does get through and can be entertaining for children to read. For this reason, I would recommend it.