Published: 2006 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Reasons why I liked this book, and chose it a Book of the Week:
I’ll admit I’m not the neatest of all people. Because of that I identified with Sophie.
Sophie is a free spirit and marches to the beat of her own drummer. And as you know, I love characters like her.
I think Sophie shows young readers how no one is perfect, and that that’s okay.
There are a lot of aspects to Sophie that makes her the super-completely, totally the messiest person of her family. It’s not just her room (which looks like a tornado hit it), but when she colors/paints it ends up everywhere … even on the ceiling.
In school she manages to, not just get her artwork on the construction paper, but all over her desk (as well as other’s desks).
At the beach, with nothing but herself, her towel and bucket, she managed to kick sand all over the place, and destroy seven sand castles.
According to the narrator of this book, Sophie’s older sister Olivia, even her hair frizzy red curly hair is messy.
I particularly love how the illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser, illustrated Sophie’s messy hair: her father finds a whistle, a piece of a sandwich, and a few other odds and ends as he combs out her hands.
There were so many laugh out loud moments that I actually lost counts.
Sophie really does try her best to put her best (but messy) foot forward. Sometimes she just needs a little help.
Sophie is more than just messy, and readers will get the chance to learn that as they read.
Sophie is smart, sincere, and above all things she’s caring.
Both kids and adults alike can find a bit of themselves living within Sophie.
The book as a whole, isn’t only fun, it’s relatable. We all know (or are) sometime like the characters.
There was only one real aspect I didn’t love about this book — I didn’t love the narrator Sophie’s older sister Olivia, who thinks she’s near perfect. She was often telling Sophie to act more like her.
The writing … well it’s written by Judith Viorst … so you shouldn’t expect anything short of great!!!
The illustrations are AWESOME!!! I love the black and white drawings with the bursts of color (that match Sophie’s bubbly personality) popping off the page.