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One of the great wisdoms of SOURPUSS AND SWEETIE PIE is the fact that this is not an either/or situation. Though the little girl can act as one or the other, she is more often both at the same time. And there is really no rhyme or reason to why she swings back and forth. Kids, parents, and grandparents, will chuckle in recognition as they turn from page to page. As in The Hello, Goodbye Window, Chris Raschka's illustrations capture Juster's story perfectly, his colors and strokes changing subtly as the little girl's mood changes. While Sweetie Pie -- with her perky hair, eyes, and mouth -- she is awash in splashes of sunshiny bright colors. Sourpuss is much darker, a mouth turned down, eye's scrunched up, an angry body bathed in darker red, blues, browns, and grays.
And this is not a book just for kids. Readers young and old will be captivated and engaged not only by the artwork but by both the language and the message it carries. Most will find themselves muttering Wow! How many times have I heard (or said) that before? As a sequel, this book is every bit as good as the book it follows; together they are a perfect pair.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about matching the illustrations to moods. Can you figure out when the little girl is Sourpuss or Sweetie Pie with just the art? How do the colors on the page show how the little girl is feeling? What about the look on her face, or the way she holds her body? Why do you think she changes? Do you think she can be both at the same time? Do you ever feel the way she does? Why do you think the grandparents said, "Goodnight, girls" when they put their granddaughter to bed?