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Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie PDF, ePub eBook The sequel to THE HELLO, GOODBYE WINDOW, winner of the 2006 Caldecott Medal

30 review for Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie

  1. 4 out of 5

    Candace

    Sourpuss or Sweetie Pie? Who will show up at Nanna and Poppy's house? Their little granddaughter can change moods in the blink of an eye. She can be joyful and happy, then angry and depressed. Sometimes she can be both. Nanna and Poppy always handle her with patience and love, but the mood changes wear them out. This vibrant watercolor picture book, with the granddaughter's multiple body language expressions, will have readers identifying with Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Asher Henderson

    Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie tells about a little girl who goes to visit her grandparents. This girl has good moods and bad moods. In her good moods, her family calls her Sweetie Pie, but in her bad moods they call her Sourpuss. She goes throughout her visit experiencing mood changes, but tells the reader that ultimately it's better to be a Sweetie Pie than it is to be a Sourpuss. I like this book a lot. I think it would've been a special book for my older sister who is bipolar. She knows what it's l Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie tells about a little girl who goes to visit her grandparents. This girl has good moods and bad moods. In her good moods, her family calls her Sweetie Pie, but in her bad moods they call her Sourpuss. She goes throughout her visit experiencing mood changes, but tells the reader that ultimately it's better to be a Sweetie Pie than it is to be a Sourpuss. I like this book a lot. I think it would've been a special book for my older sister who is bipolar. She knows what it's like to go through swift and dramatic mood changes. I liked the simple illustrations and the diverse family in the story too. I also like how the grandparents handle her mood swings with mostly positive reinforcement. I think this would be a great book to have in the classroom as examples of good and bad behavior. I also think this could help young readers make connections. This book also has lots of drastic changes, so students can use it do practice understanding comparing words by saying things that are similar or different, good or bad, etc.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    Return to the effervescent, colorful world that Juster and Raschka created in their award-winning The Hello Goodbye Window. Nanna and Poppy never quite know who is going to show up, Sourpuss or Sweetie Pie. Their granddaughter can be either one. At times she is kind, polite, respectful and a joy. But at other times she is rude, angry, and hurtful. This picture book looks with clarity and spunk at the temperament of a child and will be familiar to all children, all parents and all grandparents. Ra Return to the effervescent, colorful world that Juster and Raschka created in their award-winning The Hello Goodbye Window. Nanna and Poppy never quite know who is going to show up, Sourpuss or Sweetie Pie. Their granddaughter can be either one. At times she is kind, polite, respectful and a joy. But at other times she is rude, angry, and hurtful. This picture book looks with clarity and spunk at the temperament of a child and will be familiar to all children, all parents and all grandparents. Raschka's illustrations are just as evocative as in the first book. They remain loose, brightly colored, and perfectly capture the emotions swirling through the book. The pleasure of returning to these wonderful grandparents and their loving relationship with their creative granddaughter is particularly sweet. Juster's words capture the emotions of a small child with ferocity, delight and high contrast. The book makes a great read aloud and will spark plenty of discussion about feelings and self-control. If you loved the first book, you will adore this second outing. This is a book to share with children, who will connect to it effortlessly. Appropriate for ages 4-6.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    “Sometimes you can go from Sourpuss to Sweetie Pie so quick.” When a little girl goes to see her Nanna and Poppy, sometimes she’s Sourpuss and sometimes she’s Sweetie Pie. And sometimes she’s both, at the same time. Nanna and Poppy patiently deal with both.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Smita

    Definitely does a good job of exploring how kids change their personalities very quickly and makes young leaders understand how they may sometimes behave. However, the volleying back-and-forth between the split personalities can seem confusing. We enjoyed "The Hello Goodbye Window" a bit more.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lesley Looper

    Too much of an initially cute thing here. Fun artwork, but I grew weary of this little girl, and wanted to send her to her room to stay. (Maybe that was the point.)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    The illustrations are quite unique in this book. It really shows kids how sometimes we are both sourpusses and sweetie pies, but to be understanding. This book can help with classroom environment!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    We recently read The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and I read an interview with him (here) that mentions that he is also the author of The Hello, Goodbye Window (which we liked) and this book, too, which is a continuation of that story. So we just had to check it out. This is a sweet (and sour) tale that shows that we all have different moods and that sometimes they can be as changeable as the wind. I love the interaction between the little girl and her grandparents. The colorful watercolor We recently read The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and I read an interview with him (here) that mentions that he is also the author of The Hello, Goodbye Window (which we liked) and this book, too, which is a continuation of that story. So we just had to check it out. This is a sweet (and sour) tale that shows that we all have different moods and that sometimes they can be as changeable as the wind. I love the interaction between the little girl and her grandparents. The colorful watercolor illustrations are abstract and blurry, but still very expressive. We enjoyed reading this story together.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    We all enjoyed the illustrations of Chris Raschka... but I didn't love the execution of Juster's story. I was eager to read this because we all loved "The Hello, Goodbye Window" and also because a story with this message *could* have been well-received in our home since my two little ones can be sourpusses and sweetie pies all within the span of five minutes and I was hoping this would provide us a with a loving and humorous look at normal early childhood occurrence but this one didn't match my We all enjoyed the illustrations of Chris Raschka... but I didn't love the execution of Juster's story. I was eager to read this because we all loved "The Hello, Goodbye Window" and also because a story with this message *could* have been well-received in our home since my two little ones can be sourpusses and sweetie pies all within the span of five minutes and I was hoping this would provide us a with a loving and humorous look at normal early childhood occurrence but this one didn't match my expectations.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    This one is the fun sequel to The Hello, Goodbye Window, and it reflects on the changing moods of young children and how sometimes they don't even know how to explain their own feelings. Another great one to read with littles.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tracyesine

    There is no version of this kid I like at all.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kest Schwartzman

    I get how this book could be super useful for reading with, and then using as a shorthand to talk with, a small child.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashley M

    This book has mood swings. It's VERY annoying!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Grace Willits

    This book is about the two sides to little girls and boys, the happy, go lucky side and the angry, cranky side. Everyone has both sides within them and it can be hard to control the emotions that accompany each mood. I think this is one of the reasons I liked the story so much was the strong ability to relate; sometimes I was a little bit of sourpuss and lot of bit of sweetie pie, while other days I was a lot of bit sourpuss and little bit sweetie pie. The young girl in the story is visiting her This book is about the two sides to little girls and boys, the happy, go lucky side and the angry, cranky side. Everyone has both sides within them and it can be hard to control the emotions that accompany each mood. I think this is one of the reasons I liked the story so much was the strong ability to relate; sometimes I was a little bit of sourpuss and lot of bit of sweetie pie, while other days I was a lot of bit sourpuss and little bit sweetie pie. The young girl in the story is visiting her Nanny and Poppy, they are great supporters of her two sides, “Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie”. Sourpuss doesn’t like her breakfast, the way nanny does her hair of driving on long car trips. The illustrations show Sourpuss with angry eyes and mouth. The background patterns are harsh, crisscrosses and angry squiggles. Sweetie Pie has rounded eyes and a happy smile. The background patterns when Sweetie Pie is out are soft, watercolor swipes, in light pastel colors. This story would be useful when discussing emotions and how to control one's self. This can be hard to learn, as some young children do not understand how to respect adults and peers by controlling their two sides. In a classroom, students can show what they feel like as sweetie pie and as sourpuss as their teacher reads this story aloud to them. Afterwards, they can draw pictures to describe each mood, noticing what differs, observing how Chris Raschka shows the different moods. I wonder if we ever grow out of our sourpuss/sweetie pie sides...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kyra Calnan

    Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie is about the two sides to little girls and boys, the happy, go lucky side and the angry, cranky side. Everyone has both sides within them and it can be hard to control the emotions that accompany each mood. The young girl in the story is visiting her nanny and poppy, they are great supporters of her two sides, “sourpuss and sweetie pie”. Sourpuss is doesn’t like her breakfast, the way nanny does her hair of driving on long car trips. Raschka shows sourpuss with angry eye Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie is about the two sides to little girls and boys, the happy, go lucky side and the angry, cranky side. Everyone has both sides within them and it can be hard to control the emotions that accompany each mood. The young girl in the story is visiting her nanny and poppy, they are great supporters of her two sides, “sourpuss and sweetie pie”. Sourpuss is doesn’t like her breakfast, the way nanny does her hair of driving on long car trips. Raschka shows sourpuss with angry eyes and mouth. The background patterns are harsh, crisscrosses and angry squiggles. Sweetie Pie has rounded eyes and a happy smile. The background patterns when sweetie pie is out are soft, watercolor swipes, in light pastel colors. This story would be useful when discussing emotions and how to control ones self. This can be hard to learn, as some students are not used to respecting adults and their peers by controlling their two sides. Students can show what they feel like as sweetie pie and as sourpuss as their teacher reads this story aloud to them. Afterwards, they can draw pictures to describe each mood, noticing what differs, observing how Raschka shows the different moods.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Fjóla

    This is a sister book to The Hello, Goodbye Window and again it's about the relationship between a little girl and her grandparents. Although I like the message and I love the art, I suspect that a child may have a hard time with both. The impressionistic pictures are a little abstract in parts and the story line is not quite linear and to make it worse it's a bit rambling. My kid struggled a bit comprehending why there were so many copies of the same little girl on the pages. But, unless you're This is a sister book to The Hello, Goodbye Window and again it's about the relationship between a little girl and her grandparents. Although I like the message and I love the art, I suspect that a child may have a hard time with both. The impressionistic pictures are a little abstract in parts and the story line is not quite linear and to make it worse it's a bit rambling. My kid struggled a bit comprehending why there were so many copies of the same little girl on the pages. But, unless you're just really not into this illustration style, the art is quite fun and interesting, making it definitely worthwhile. I for myself like these two books a lot better than A Ball for Daisy, which I never quite understood, and the pictures are also more rich than the ones in Yo! Yes? (that we actually like a lot).

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cyndy Nelson

    Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie is a sequel to The Hello, Goodbye Window and delights us with another story of a little girl and the different sides of her personality. Her grandparents never know who is coming to visit them: sourpuss or sweetie pie. Sometimes she can be both at the same time. Her grandfather asks her out the window who is coming to visit them today and she promises that it is sweetie pie so he lets her in. We see her as she tries to be sweetie pie but life happens and she gets upset a Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie is a sequel to The Hello, Goodbye Window and delights us with another story of a little girl and the different sides of her personality. Her grandparents never know who is coming to visit them: sourpuss or sweetie pie. Sometimes she can be both at the same time. Her grandfather asks her out the window who is coming to visit them today and she promises that it is sweetie pie so he lets her in. We see her as she tries to be sweetie pie but life happens and she gets upset and sour puss comes out. Her grandparents do not like it when she is sour puss though they love her anyway. This would be a good book in showing students how to develop voice in the character. The story is very expressive and draws you in to the story of the little girl and how she can be two people. What is fun about this story is that all of us have been there at one time or the other; sweetie pie or sour puss.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shannon K

    The illustrations in this book are wonderful. They are abstract, very colorful, and every page is unique. The artist has a very interesting use of minimal lines causing the characters and object to be somewhat defined but still somewhat free-from at the same time, an example of this would be poppy’s nose, it is always defined by the same shaped black line. This illustrator used many techniques to give each object depicted the texture it needed to make it come alive by using different patterns of The illustrations in this book are wonderful. They are abstract, very colorful, and every page is unique. The artist has a very interesting use of minimal lines causing the characters and object to be somewhat defined but still somewhat free-from at the same time, an example of this would be poppy’s nose, it is always defined by the same shaped black line. This illustrator used many techniques to give each object depicted the texture it needed to make it come alive by using different patterns of lines. I also love how the words are placed on the pages. When the story is going smoothly the words are all one size and they are either at the top or the bottom of the pages, but then when the girl is being a sourpuss the works are large and all over the page, adding a very chaotic feel to the story.

  19. 5 out of 5

    JustOneMoreBook.com

    There was a little girl, who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good she was very, very good and when she wasn't, well, you didn't know what hit you -- and you never saw it coming, and then suddenly she was good again. And, of course, you love her anyway. This playfully illustrated confession of an all too familiar Jekyll and Hyde youngster invites us to look at, and laugh at, our many-sided selves. You can listen in on our chat about this book on our Just One Mo There was a little girl, who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good she was very, very good and when she wasn't, well, you didn't know what hit you -- and you never saw it coming, and then suddenly she was good again. And, of course, you love her anyway. This playfully illustrated confession of an all too familiar Jekyll and Hyde youngster invites us to look at, and laugh at, our many-sided selves. You can listen in on our chat about this book on our Just One More Book! Children's Book Podcast.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    This book was really random. I thought several of the pages had been torn out because of the way the story portrayed the little girl. I could not figure what was going on and it was annoying. While I get that the story was trying to prove a point, it was overdone. I didn't really care for the little girl's mood swings and I thought there was too much flipping between extreme sweetness and brattiness. I just wanted the girl to cool down. I wouldn't recommend this book. *Taken from my book reviews This book was really random. I thought several of the pages had been torn out because of the way the story portrayed the little girl. I could not figure what was going on and it was annoying. While I get that the story was trying to prove a point, it was overdone. I didn't really care for the little girl's mood swings and I thought there was too much flipping between extreme sweetness and brattiness. I just wanted the girl to cool down. I wouldn't recommend this book. *Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.com/2010...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Both the story and the illustrations were absolutely fabulous! This is a story about a little girl that alternates having good and bad attitudes. A good story to read to small children to show them that they have control over the way they act, and that feelings change and affect words and actions. Recommended to read to every preschooler and kid alive that still appreciates wonderful picture books. Another perk: The grandmother and grandfather in this book are of different races. How awesome!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Same little girl visiting grandparents from THE HELLO, GOODBYE WINDOW, except here she displays her two very-different faces, which you never anticipate which will come forward. But her Nanna and Poppy ride the ups and downs out with her, even if tired by the end. A great "glad-to-be-with-you" story, even when "you're like that." Not sure how a young child would process the story. Raschka's illustrations are so full of expression and motion.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I absolutely adore Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth, so I really, really, really wanted to like this book. I didn't, and, more importantly, my six-year-old son didn't. The writing felt as changeable as Sourpuss/Sweetie Pie's mood. Maybe that was deliberate, but it made it difficult for a child to follow. I usually admire the energy in Raschka's illustrations, but even they felt way to frenetic and bordering on schizo.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brian Drew

    This is about a girl that has two different personalities. One is really sassy and mean and one is really sweet and fun. The girl constantly goes back and forth between the two and it is hard to keep her under control I didn't really like this book because is was kind of confusing and hard to follow. The pictures were also very hard to understand. I would have this in my classroom to teach kids about how sometimes they can be annoying and rude and sometimes they can be a golden child.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    My four-year-old daughter could not stop staring at the pages of this book: she could not believe the girl was throwing a tantrum and then being sweet just like she does! Very realistic, very resonant for kids, and of course we love the diversity of the family in this series. A great followup to The Hello, Goodbye Window.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rob Thelen

    Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie, is an interesting book about a girl who shares two personalities. One that is loving, adorable, and sweet. While the other is snotty, rude, and unpleasant. As a teacher, this book would make an excellent read aloud when teaching the importance of appropriate behavior in public.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tricia

    just too many times over the same thing...overkill comes to mind. we get it already...she's moody! the kids and i forged through it (cute at first) but i wouldn't read it again. sorry, i love your artwork, raschka.

  28. 5 out of 5

    The Library Lady

    I don't like Chris Raschka's art. Period. Regardless, his art does not work with this book. If you are looking for a "mood" book and want an award winner I'd go for Molly Bang's "When Sophie Gets Really Really Angry".

  29. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    The same girl from the -hello, goodbye window,- tells us how she is sometimes nice and sometimes not nice. Classroom: Which version did you like better? What happened when she was whining and being mean? Discuss manners.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    How many books has Raschka illustrated this year? This is a good one about being good one moment and getting mad the next. We can never get enough of these stories. I love that we saw this from a grandparents point of view. Ages 2+

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