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Children's Fiction Siblings

What Are You Doing, Sam?

by (author) Marie-Louise Gay

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Aug 2006
Siblings, Dogs, Imagination & Play
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2006
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2011
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jun 2020
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2020
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 2 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
  • Reading age: 2 to 5


"What are you doing, Sam?" calls Stella.

Sam and his dog, Fred, are creating joyful havoc throughout the house. Be it snorkeling in the bathtub, teaching Fred to read or roll over, or cooking up a pancake feast, they are having a marvelous time. Of course, Stella joins in the fun as she observes the inventive antics of Sam and his beloved companion.

In this wonderful addition to the Stella and Sam series, Marie-Louise Gay has created another charming picture book. Delicate watercolors, full of expression and humor, bring her delightful story to life.

About the author

MARIE-LOUISE GAY has achieved international acclaim as an author and illustrator of children’s books. She has won many awards, including two Governor General’s awards, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award and the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. She has also been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Marie-Louise’s very popular Stella and Sam series has been translated into more than fifteen languages and is loved by children all over the world. Her recent books include Any Questions? and Short Stories for Little Monsters. She lives in Montreal.

Marie-Louise Gay's profile page


  • Commended, Bank Street College Children's Library Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Short-listed, CLA CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award
  • Commended, CCBC Our Choice (Starred Selection)

Editorial Reviews

Another charming tale about these siblings that will delight all who enter their cozy realm.

School Library Journal

Rarely does a children's book suit its intended audience perfectly....Stella and Sam books always seem to hit the mark.....another triumph in a deservedly popular series.

Quill & Quire

...another charming book about siblings Stella and Sam.....a comical celebration of imaginative play.

CM Magazine

Gay delivers yet another gentle tale infused with humour, and accompanied by her soft and soothing mixed-media illustrations.

Montreal Review of Books

Librarian Reviews

H What Are You Doing, Sam? (Stella and Sam)

Sam and his dog create joyful havoc throughout the house. Of course, Stella joins in the fun. A delightful addition to the series, with delicate watercolours full of expression and humour.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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