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Sourpuss And Sweetie Pie Hardcover – October 1, 2008

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. This welcome sequel to the Caldecott Medal title The Hello, Goodbye Window knowingly describes a child's conflicting personalities. "Sometimes I'm Sourpuss," a multiracial girl admits. "And sometimes I'm Sweetie Pie." Her grandparents, Poppy and Nanna, accept her dueling dispositions, but when she visits they like to know whom to expect. "Poppy, it's me, Sweetie Pie," she promises, keeping her alter ego at bay. She does acknowledge her mercurial moods ("Sometimes you can go from Sourpuss to Sweetie Pie so quick," she admits, in a six-stage Hyde to Jekyll transformation), and her grandparents gently tease her ("Pleasant dreams, girls," they joke at bedtime). Both the sunny moments and the tantrums will ring true for readers of any age. Raschka (see Peter and the Wolf, below) devises competing motifs of light daubs and glowering smears, pairing Sweetie Pie's upbeat sky blue, gold, cantaloupe and pink with Sourpuss's grumpy scarlet, mucky green and purple-blue. Sweetie Pie's balletic, floaty postures contrast with Sourpuss's dramatic scowls and defiant stances; the two personas appear virtually side by side for maximum effect. A keeper. All ages. (Oct.)
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PreSchool-Grade 2—The endearing preschooler from The Hello, Goodbye Window (Hyperion, 2005) is back in all of her precociousness as her grandparents try to navigate the world of her moods. Their granddaughter seems to actually be two little girls in one. Sourpuss is bratty and contrary while Sweetie Pie is cooperative, sweet, and cuddly. But her grandparents never know which one they'll be seeing next. She can go down for a nap as Sweetie Pie and wake up as her alter ego. Raschka's abstract, vibrant artwork sets up the differences between these two personalities. Sourpuss is all angles and rigid lines, and the use of a far-off perspective distances readers from this contentious child. Conversely, Sweetie Pie is all curves and softness and immensely huggable. What is particularly satisfying is that despite knowing she can be good or bad, the protagonist is sure in her knowledge that her grandparents love her. Her story will resonate with young children who see themselves in the character. The last page is priceless: Nanna and Poppy sitting across from each other in comfy chairs, holding hands, exhausted. Somehow it is clear that they will be there for whoever wakes up in the morning.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Michael di Capua Books; y First edition edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439929431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439929431
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 10.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A friend recommended this author so we purchased this book for our Grandchildren. They love this book. They want to read it over and over.
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Our family is having the best time with this book with our 2 year old. It is now the topic of ongoing conversation. Very cute book!
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We originnaly got the book at the library and when I read it to her she said that girl sounds familiar. I said she sounds like you! She laughed and we read the book several times. So i decided to get itfor her birthday
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My daughter loved this book. Hopefully it will help her to not be a sourpuss anymore.
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I love this book. Being a Nanna that is African American and married to Pappa who is European made this a perfect book for our grandchildren. This also address behaviors that can help children know what they are doing and how they can begin to control themself. I read the book to our granddaugther over google chat and she said, "Nanna doesn't look like that!" She was clued to the book."Our daugther said,"We have read it numerous times since receiving!"
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