This is the very first story Jo Kemp ever wrote in the original 1980 published Boodle books series. Having given up her job (and promising career) to spearhead a movement to save a local nursery, she had no money and would write – and read – Samuel and other Boodle stories to her young son (Luke Kemp) and the local children in and around Manchester.
Samuel the sliding sausage remains an all-time favourite and it was reported that there’s a little boy out there who suffers from Asbergers. His mother wrote to Jo and told her it’s thanks to Samuel (one of her own children’s books from when she was a child) that her son started to communicate again (but wouldn’t go to sleep without being read Samuel over and over again!).
Name meaning. Samuel is a male given name and a surname of Hebrew origin meaning either “name of God” or “God heard”. Samuel’s name meaning on Wikipedia