Sam, Bangs & Moonshine


The 1967 Caldecott Medal book, Sam, Bangs & Moonshine, tells the story of a fisherman’s daughter named Samantha but called “Sam” who loves making things up. Her favorite story to tell is that she has a baby kangaroo, but her father tells her these stories are just “moonshine.” When Sam’s stories nearly end in disaster for her friend Thomas and her cat Bangs, Sam has to learn what moonshine is good moonshine, and when it’s better to stick to what’s real.