Both Sides Now: Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie

Wednesday, November 26, 2008.

Sourpuss And Sweetie PieAuthor: Norton Juster (on JOMB)
Illustrator: Chris Raschka (on JOMB)
Published: 2008 Scholastic (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0439929431

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.

See photos of the 19th annual Children’s Illustration Show:

HOTLINE VOICES: Author Sarah Ackerley (on JOMB) calls in to tell us about The Sea Serpent and Me (by Dashka Slater and Catia Chien).

We’d love to hear your thoughts on a favourite children’s book. Leave us a voice message on our JOMB listener hotline, +1-206-350-6487.


Comment by MotherReader

November 26, 2008 @ 10:15 am

I have mixed feelings about Raschka’s art in general, but I really love it in this book. I think it’s perfect to express the difference in a little girl’s mood. I love the story, and I really love that it’s a mixed race family because it’s nice to see different kinds of families.

Comment by Jules

November 26, 2008 @ 8:53 pm

Love this one. And love that photo you all got.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Comment by Sarah Ackerley

January 2, 2009 @ 1:05 pm

Hey, I missed this episode earlier and didn’t realize you played my recommendation for the Sea Serpent and Me! Thanks! I sound much less enthusiastic about the book on tape than I really am. It’s such a good one! I’m so happy it was a finalist for the Cyblis awards!

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