Super-completely and Totally the Messiest

Super-completely and Totally the Messiest

Book - 2001
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Olivia, who is very neat and practically perfect, despairs because her sister Sophia is super-completely and totally the messiest person, no matter where she goes or what she does.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2001
ISBN: 9780689829413
Branch Call Number: j Picture Book Vio
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Preiss-Glasser, Robin


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Jan 22, 2015

This story is told by Olivia about her sister Sophie who is super-completely and totally the messiest. Olivia gives many outlandish examples of ways and times when Sophie has been super messy including having a whistle, a ring and a piece of sandwich in her hair. But even with her messy ways, Sophie is kind, smart and extremely creative. She means well even though she drives her sister Olivia crazy.

The illustrations are colorful and fun.

As a super-completely messy creative person with frizzy and fuzzy hair, I can completely relate to Sophie and her ways. I can also feel for Olivia who is the opposite and needs order and cleanliness. Many people have felt insulted by Olivia's recitation of Sophie's messes in this book, but I feel instead that it is more of a celebration of who Sophie is as a creative person with a huge personality. We exuberant creative types can't quite help our messes and Olivia does show how Sophie tries hard to do what is right and organized.

My only negative is when the girls' parents ask why Sophie can't be more like Olivia on more than one occasion. This is bad any way you look at it and I wish Viorst had put a more positive slant from the parent's perspective.

Advertized for ages 4-7, however I think the maturity is better for grades k-2. A funny book.


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