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Uh-oh. Sophie needs a time-out. When Mama tells Sophie not once but twice to keep her supper on the table—and she chucks it twice onto the floor—that’s strike one. When Sophie “helps” Daddy with the laundry by pushing it on the floor, well, that’s strike two. But when patient Grandma comes over, Sophie finally listens, earning a “Good Sophie!” (Of course Sophie gets the last laugh on the final spread.) Wells, who gave the world Max and Ruby, introduces a pint-size mouse with a glint in her eye. Sophie is reckless; she is cavalier—in other words, she is totally two. The lovely mixed-media and watercolor illustrations are, for the most part, framed and set on pastel-colored backgrounds, and on occasion, things like flying mac ’n’ cheese or a renegade sock break the frame. Some of the best scenes, though, are full-bleed shots of Sophie, a wide-eyed gal in a yellow frock, sitting in time-out. Once again Wells captures a rite of passage—the terrible twos—both for the little one and for her exasperated parents. Preschool-Kindergarten. --Ann Kelley

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Praise for Time-Out for Sophie by Rosemary Wells:

“[A] soon-to-be favorite… Readers will clamor for more of the irrepressible Sophie, while parents will secretly smile—sheer delight.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Wells’s signature artwork is vivid and pleasingly simple, and the characters are endearing." —School Library Journal, starred review

“As wise (and concise) as ever, Wells lets readers have guilt-free fun savoring Sophie’s naughtiness, but delivers the story’s aha moment with an equally deft hand.” —Publishers Weekly

“As always, Wells portrays her character’s developmentally appropriate behavior with genuine respect and affection.” —The Horn Book

“Wells captures a rite of passage—the terrible twos—both for the little one and for her exasperated parents.” —Booklist
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 5 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers (January 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670785113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670785117
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #535,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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With a granddaughter named Sophie, this title caught my eye. The book captures that lack of impulse control that young children are famous for, regardless of culture or sex. And, for my Sophie, it restarted the conversation about making "bad decisions", one of her favorite topics.
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By w/ToddlerinManhattan on April 12, 2013
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we were trying to teach our 2 year old about behaviour and consequence and this book helped us wonderfully.

now she understands the concept of "time out" and sometimes puts herself in time out after a naughty action.

charming story!
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Whether it's time to eat or do laundry, Sophie keeps ending up in a time-out. But when her
Granny gives Sophie another chance, Sophie acts and feels good again. Young readers, ages 2-5,
will learn from Sophie and her family.
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This book is a great teaching tool for new parents. The toddler stages can be frustrating and Sophie is full of the usual tricks! Highly recommended for children and parents. A great book to give at a baby shower.
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