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Spinky Sulks

By Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Gets inside sulking 8-year-old's head.

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William Steig gets everything right: the syntax, the feelings, the expressions on the faces of the Spinkster and those trying to deprogram his funk. The look on his face when his pals come to cheer him up is positively murderous. Spinky is in what can only be described as a delicious sulk -- one a mile wide and deep as a rich man's pockets. He'll teach them that he's "a person with his own private thoughts and feelings, which they couldn't begin to appreciate."

Though the artwork will steal your heart, it is the words that are spot-on and memorable: "His favorite grandma just happened to stop by with some of his favorite candy. She gave him a big fat hug, but Spinky went limp in her arms. After all, she still belonged to the human race, for which he no longer had any use."

Book Details

  • Author: William Steig
  • Illustrator: William Steig
  • Genre: Family Life
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Sunburst
  • Publication date: January 1, 2000
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 4 - 7
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Last updated: November 15, 2019

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