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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (February 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670785121
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670785124
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PreS—When Sophie "gets up on the wrong side of the crib" on her second birthday, Mama tries to cheer her up with a new pink dress and Daddy tries to chase the blues away with blueberry pancakes. Her rotten mood persists until Granny says, "Let's hit the road!" and they take a wild ride on Sophie's "Push-Me-Pull-You Motorcycle." A ferocious sabre-toothed tiger suit turns out to be just the thing the youngster needs to tame her temper. Sophie, clad in her "terrible tiger" costume, enjoys cake with her family, and when Granny asks her how old she is, the toddler raises two claws in the air and triumphantly announces, "Terrible Two!" Wells's beloved illustrations and her characteristic wit are pitch-perfect for this humorous family drama. Parents and children alike will be able to identify with Sophie's grumpiness and appreciate that sometimes the only one who can make things better is Granny.—Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, Beavercreek, OH

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We first met our little mouse protagonist in Time-Out for Sophie (2013) and already know her to be a lovable handful. On the morning of her second birthday, Sophie wakes up on the wrong side of the crib. She rejects her birthday breakfast of blueberry pancakes and dismisses her presents. She is terrible. Gran arrives and takes her on an outing, hoping to tame her savagery, but Sophie persists. She wants nothing to do with the animal sounds and primary colors at the local toy shop. But when Gran suggests a fearsome, fiery sabre-toothed tiger costume, Sophie is delighted and hurries home to terrify her family in style. As she has done before in books like Shy Charles (1988) and Noisy Nora (1997), Wells distills the challenges of the preschool set into a simple, resonant story, with sensitivity and care and a profound understanding of her audience. Sweet scenes on sherbet-colored backgrounds establish a sort of confining cuteness, making Sophie’s grab for independence all the more palpable. Parents and toddlers alike will respond to Sophie’s honest-to-goodness antics. Preschool-Grade 2. --Thom Barthelmess

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‘Sophie's Terrible Twos’ written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells is the continuation of the hero adventures whom we met last year in ‘Time-Out for Sophie’.

The story starts when on her second birthday Sophie will wake up in bad mood. She will reject her birthday breakfast of blueberry pancakes and will not want to take the gifts she received.

But the day will be saved by grandmother who will take Sophie out. And though things will look as bad, with the help of one costume eventually everything will turn out well and Sophie will be back home feeling much better…

Rosemary Wells once again created a book for the youngest reader that provides simple-to-follow and interesting story that provides a lot of fun, but also delivers a lesson appropriate for the age of readers.

For these reasons, if you loved the last work of the author, and your child in the meantime didn’t grown too old I definitely suggest you to give a chance to this one – it’s nicely drawn and educational book for children that are 2 years or older.
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My granddaughter, Sophie, loved it and giggled along as I read it. By the end of the day she had it memorized and was "reading" it to me. We love all of the Rosemary Wells stories -- all are gentle, funny, and insightful .
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura McCants on September 16, 2014
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This is a nice book but my almost two year old picked up some bad habits from all of the "NO" this and "NO" that. We ended up having to hide is from our daughter in hopes the habits would fade.
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Born in New York City, Rosemary Wells grew up in a house "filled with books, dogs, and nineteenth-century music." Her childhood years were spent between her parents' home near Red Bank, New Jersey, and her grandmother's rambling stucco house on the Jersey Shore. Most of her sentimental memories, both good and bad, stem from that place and time. Her mother was a dancer in the Russian Ballet, and her father a playwright and actor. Mrs. Wells says, "Both my parents flooded me with books and stories. My grandmother took me on special trips to the theater and museums in New York. "Rosemary Wells's career as an author and illustrator spans more than 30 years and 60 books. She has won numerous awards, and has given readers such unforgettable characters as Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, and Yoko. She has also given Mother Goose new life in two enormous, definitive editions, published by Candlewick. Wells wrote and illustrated Unfortunately Harriet, her first book with Dial, in 1972. One year later she wrote the popular Noisy Nora. "The children and our home life have inspired, in part, many of my books. Our West Highland white terrier, Angus, had the shape and expressions to become Benjamin and Tulip, Timothy, and all the other animals I have made up for my stories." Her daughters Victoria and Beezoo were constant inspirations, especially for the now famous "Max" board book series. "Simple incidents from childhood are universal," Wells says. "The dynamics between older and younger siblings are common to all families."But not all of Wells' ideas come from within the family circle. Many times when speaking, Mrs. Wells is asked where her ideas come from. She usually answers, "It's a writer's job to have ideas." Sometimes an idea comes from something she reads or hears about, as in the case of her recent book, Mary on Horseback, a story based on the life of Mary Breckenridge, who founded the Frontier Nursing Service. Timothy Goes to School was based on an incident in which her daughter was teased for wearing the wrong clothes to a Christmas concert. Her dogs, west highland terriers, Lucy and Snowy, work their way into her drawings in expression and body position. She admits, "I put into my books all of the things I remember. I am an accomplished eavesdropper in restaurants, trains, and gatherings of any kind. These remembrances are jumbled up and changed because fiction is always more palatable than truth. Memories become more true as they are honed and whittled into characters and stories."

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