USE YOUR WORDS, SOPHIE! by Rosemary Wells
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USE YOUR WORDS, SOPHIE!

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Age Range: 2 - 6
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Sophie, the spirited mouse toddler, is back—navigating sisterhood with mischief and delight.

When Sophie’s baby sister arrives home sans name (her parents are still deciding, a running joke), the vivacious 2-year-old decides to only speak Jellyfish...or Hyena, or sing Baboon (at the top of her lungs). The latter of which wakes her delicate, pink bundle of a sister, who proceeds to wail inconsolably. Nothing can calm the infant, not food nor change of diapers—not even Granny! Finally, Sophie uses her words, quietly singing to her sister, who becomes calm, but how? Sophie proclaims it was easy, as she knew the baby’s name, so she sang “Jane, Jane, don’t be a pain!” Wells perfectly captures the honesty and hilarious insight of a precocious youngster; and her mixed-media illustrations, rich in color and pattern, emit an earnest warmth. Here, her captivating character illustrations—with their hysterical expressions, silly (yet so recognizable!) poses and tender connectedness—shine. This is Wells at her comedic best, and readers will be left in stitches.

Absolutely enchanting—a must-have for the new-sibling shelf. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: March 17th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-670-01663-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2015




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