Attaboy, Sam!

By Lois Lowry    Illustrated by Diane deGroat
Houghton Mifflin 1992
ISBN 0395615887

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Why won't Sam Krupnik allow his mother to enter his bedroom? Why has he started calling his toy box The Lab? and why does he carry a Ziplock bag in his pocket at all times? What's the big secret? Well, his mother's birthday is approaching, and she has told her family that what she really wants are homemade gifts. Sam has decided to invent a special, surprise perfume just for he - a concoction that will combine all of her favorite smells. If anyone can find a way - or at least have fun trying - it's Sam, Anastasia's precocious younger brother. Don't miss this side - splitting episode in the life of the witty, wacky, and ever original Krupnik household.