Parents' Guide to

Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Every bit as good as Hello, Goodbye Window.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 1 parent review

age 4+

Bad influence on children of all ages! :(

This book was kind of frightening. When I read it to my child as a bedtime story, I was shocked. I didn't realize it would be like that because on the cover it was a happy little girl, so I never thought it would be like that. I needed to look up the summary because I found myself wanting answers. I was under the impression that the little girl was bipolar. I was even more taken back when my daughter started acting out, like the character "Sourpuss". This book never really states that being "Sourpuss" is bad, and it gives young children bad messages. I feel like the author should make it clear that being a "Sourpuss" isn't a good thing, and young children or children of any age shouldn't be acting like that.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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.

Book Details

  • Author: Norton Juster
  • Genre: Picture Book
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Michael Di Capua
  • Publication date: October 1, 2008
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 7
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Last updated: March 4, 2020

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