- Age Range: 4 - 7 years
- Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Atheneum; First Edition edition (March 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0689829418
- ISBN-13: 978-0689829413
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,719,187 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest Hardcover – March 1, 2001
Up to 50% off featured Children's Books
Select Children's Books are up to 50% off for a limited time. Learn More
Olivia is very neat, and her brother Jake is "sort of, but not a HUGE slob," but their little sister Sophie is another matter altogether. Sophie's room is "seriously--I mean seriously--REVOLTING." Olivia simply can't get over Sophie's untidiness in every single situation--school, Halloween, even the bathtub is no sanctuary from the messy hand of Sophie. With her clothes and toys tossed higgledy-piggledy everywhere she goes, Sophie is her orderly sister's worst nightmare. However, her mother does want Olivia to mention that Sophie is also a "kind and very nice person," and their dad reminds Olivia that Sophie is smart and funny, and even their big brother Jake says that Sophie's great at puzzles and dancing. Olivia's only hope is that one of these days Sophie will "start to remember to stop forgetting to try NOT to be so super-completely and totally THE MESSIEST."
Judith Viorst, well-loved author of the classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, pulls out all the stops for her latest send-up of very real kids. Illustrator Robin Preiss-Glasser seems to have been inspired by Hilary Knight's illustrations of Eloise in her portrayal of the wildly exuberant Sophie and prim, exasperated Olivia. Sheer delight for neatniks and slobs alike. (Ages 5 to 9) --Emilie Coulter
From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Olivia emphatically states that her younger sister, Sophie, is the messiest human being around and proceeds to tell of the chaos that her sibling creates. Glasser's pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations are full of inviting detail. They show Sophie's closet contents; a bedroom impassible with toys, clothes, and artistic creations; numerous experimental doll projects gone awry; mishaps at the beach and farm; and always the exuberant Sophie who tries, really tries, to be more like the neat and nearly perfect Olivia. While the younger child works her havoc outside the boundaries of acceptable (and believable) behavior, the narrator hastens to add that dad says that Sophie is smart and funny; their older brother adds that she's great at dancing and puzzles; and mom says that Sophie's really a kind and nice person. It's all pure fun with an undertone of acceptance that's positively reassuring, and maybe even a little bit encouraging, to creative clutzes and anyone else who has ever messed up while messing around.-Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
Top Customer Reviews
Neat people will love it. Those who are a little clumsy and disorganized will feel hurt by it. Parents should be very careful in choosing whether or not to buy and read this book to their children. If you have a clumsy child in your household or neighborhood, avoid this book!
I graded the book down for the gratuitous put-downs aimed at those who have accidents!
Think of this book as Ms. Neat's view of Ms. Awkwardly Messy.
"My room is very neat -- like me, Olivia." The feeling of superiority begins there and becomes supercilious as the book progresses.
Her younger sibling, Sophie, gets excited and makes messes of almost everything. She is either clumsy, forgets to be careful, or is plain unlucky. Although there is token affirmation in the end ("mom says . . . Sophie's a kind and very nice person," "dad says . . . Sophie's a smart and funny person," and "Jake [her brother] says . . . Sophie's great at puzzles and dancing . . . ."), clearly the real message is that a klutz should be a butt for jokes. Come on! What kind of message is that to send to children?
Development rates vary a lot with children. Some are still a little awkward well into their teenage years, while others have wonderful small and large muscle coordination early. Children don't choose to be clumsy. They just are.
The perspective in the story could have been shifted to be Sophie's and emphasize how well she means. Then, it would have been a positive story. Having the "perfect" older sister explain her shortcomings makes it just a painful putdown.
The illustrations in the book rise well above the story.Read more ›
The illustrations are colorful and fun.
As a super-completely messy creative person with frizzy and fuzzy hair, I can completely relate to Sophie and her ways. I can also feel for Olivia who is the opposite and needs order and cleanliness. Many people have felt insulted by Olivia's recitation of Sophie's messes in this book, but I feel instead that it is more of a celebration of who Sophie is as a creative person with a huge personality. We exuberant creative types can't quite help our messes and Olivia does show how Sophie tries hard to do what is right and organized.
My only negative is when the girls' parents ask why Sophie can't be more like Olivia on more than one occasion. This is bad any way you look at it and I wish Viorst had put a more positive slant from the parent's perspective.
Advertized for ages 4-7, however I think the maturity is better for grades k-2. A funny book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sends a terrible message for kids. So thoroughly disappointed. Too long and redundant. Overall- it's bad.Published 3 months ago by Username_not_found
My grandchild brought this to my husband and I to read to her one visit, and I remarked to him about three quarters of the way through that I wasn't sure I liked it and he said he... Read morePublished 19 months ago by NancyNoodle
Great for use with kiddos with social skills training! Kids love it, funny book that they want to re-read! Awesome!Published on April 12, 2014 by MonYon
Nawwww I super-completely loved this story. And oh do I know so many kids who are just like Sophie. Read morePublished on July 26, 2013 by Kerry M
This story is told from the perspective of the protagonist's smug older sister, who wonders why Sophie can't be perfect and neat like "me, Olivia. Read morePublished on June 28, 2012 by E. Parker
(From my daughter): "Not only do I like this story because of the illustrations, but because it explains why you should be very neat... Read morePublished on January 19, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I originally purchased this book for my four-year old niece, who is a big fan of "Fancy Nancy." However, before I wrapped the book I decided to read it and I am glad that I did. Read morePublished on February 28, 2009 by TERESA CASSIN
My younger kids (boy, 4 and girl,3) love the book. However, the book is a bit too long and the kids sometimes lose interest before the story ends. Read morePublished on July 17, 2006 by Lina Ong
I bought this book but it is not one of my favorite and not one that I need to keep in my collection. I was just bored with it and didn't really find any point to the story.Published on January 6, 2005 by Venice