The delightful mouse Sophie returns, this time to overcome her salutation anxiety with Granny’s clever expertise.
A tray of crocodile cream puffs beckons in the bakery window, but Sophie cannot find her words. “Hello” just won’t come out; while on a hike, “thank you” shrinks “to the size of a pea”; and “please” vanishes “into thin air” at the library. Per her parents’ request, Sophie practices, handily greeting her sister, the chickadees, and George Washington’s statue. But real-life results remain unchanged until Granny gets wind of the situation, her wise response empowering Sophie to find the answers within. As flowers bloom across the endpages (and on Sophie’s pants), they mirror the mouse herself as she finds her voice. The illustrator’s exquisite patterning and hand-drawn details offer a timeless appeal, and signature ink, watercolor, and gouache illustrations perfectly capture the irrepressible Sophie and her comic sibling sidekick, Jane. Here, no pose or expression is wasted, as each contributes to a comedic beat that builds to a surprise ending, sure to get giggles.
This is Wells’ work at her best—insightful, witty, and beautifully drawn. Once again, she adeptly addresses a childhood concern with great respect and humor. (Picture book. 2-6)