SOPHIE'S TOM by Dick King-Smith


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Age Range: 5 - 10
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The delightfully determined small person introduced in Sophie's Snail (1989) celebrates her fifth birthday on Christmas Day; honoring her plan to become a "lady farmer," her parents and twin brothers give her a splendid toy farm, but her live pets are still limited to the wood lice, slugs, earthworms, and so on she keeps in the potting shed. To these she hopes to add a stray cat she's feeding; Dad doesn't like cats, but--with the connivance of great-great-aunt Al, who suggests importing a mouse into the kitchen--Sophie gets her way. Meanwhile, she's started school, where she negotiates in her own inimitable way with classmate Duncan ("not only a malleable little boy but very greedy") and old enemy Dawn. A predictable conclusion--Dad is entirely won over, and "Tom" has kittens--but King-Smith's narration in this sequel is wonderfully crisp and unsentimental, while bright, quietly persistent Sophie (like Lowry's Sam) has rare charm. The language has suffered more Americanization than Sophie's Snail, detracting from the pleasant British flavor; on the other hand, Parkins's amusing cross-hatched drawings, nicely blending humor and deft characterizations, are superior. (Fiction. 5-10)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1992
ISBN: 1564023737
Page count: 112pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 1992


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