Sunny Sweet Is So Not Sorry

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We’ve all woken up on the wrong side of the bed. But have you ever woken up stuck to the bed? Masha Sweet has. And there’s only one possible reason: her little sister Sunny. Masha is used to Sunny’s evil genius ways, but the glue Sunny used to secure a bouquet of plastic daisies to Masha’s head is not coming out! The girls have to stay home from school and through a bizarre turn of events, they wind up at the hospital. It’s the perfect place to fix Masha’s head…but first they will (almost) contract a (not so) ...

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Overview

We’ve all woken up on the wrong side of the bed. But have you ever woken up stuck to the bed? Masha Sweet has. And there’s only one possible reason: her little sister Sunny. Masha is used to Sunny’s evil genius ways, but the glue Sunny used to secure a bouquet of plastic daisies to Masha’s head is not coming out! The girls have to stay home from school and through a bizarre turn of events, they wind up at the hospital. It’s the perfect place to fix Masha’s head…but first they will (almost) contract a (not so) killer virus, steal a cast, and lead the nurses on a wild goose chase. When this is all over, Sunny Sweet is going to be so sorry!

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"If you love Beezus and Ramona . . . You know that having a little sister whose purpose in life is to annoy you is hard . . . and hilarious. . . . Mann balances the characters' worries (being new at school, their parents' divorce) with humor." Redbook Magazine
Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
It was the beginning of a typical school day in the life of a fifth grader. Masha spent most of last night preparing for her science test today and her head is filled with all kinds of science facts. That is not why her head is heavy on the pillow this morning, however. It is because her six year old sister, Sunny, has glued her head to plastic flowers and Masha's pillow. Sunny is always doing the unexpected and when it goes wrong, as it often does, it seems Masha is always the victim. Sunny is not only a precocious six year-old who is allowed to run amuck by her mother, who is still reeling from her divorce. Sunny is a braniac who is always testing her limits and practicing her theories on those around her. Just this morning, Masha's mother has smiled at this latest episode with her intelligent younger daughter, rather than taking Masha's side. Mom did let Masha stay home from school, which she almost never does, and made Sunny go to school by herself. So, when things go awry at Mrs. Song's house next door, Masha goes into action to rescue her. Typically, as soon as Sunny gets involved, things get complicated. Now, both youngsters are at the hospital, being quarantined for coming in contact with a patient. The nurses and the doctors are all trying to be helpful but not paying close enough attention to stay ahead of Sunny. Masha will discover through the misadventures at the hospital that she really loves her little sister and is proud of her. Sunny will discover that she can always depend on her big sister. Sibling relationships are the biggest focus of this story although it also addresses stereotypes and families of divorce. This is a lively story that will entertain the targeted audience as well as younger children who may share the reading with an adult. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 3–5—When Masha Sweet wakes up with flowers stuck in her hair and her head glued to a pillow, she knows her sister, Sunny, aka the evil genius, is to blame. Because there isn't enough time to get the glue out of her hair before school, Masha's mom lets her stay home. In addition to dealing with her super-smart, super-annoying younger sister, fifth-grader Masha is having a hard time making friends at her new school following her parents' divorce, so she is more than willing to skip class. Masha soon discovers her neighbor, Mrs. Song, has fallen off her bicycle in front of the house. Sunny is there moments later, and when the paramedics arrive, the girls ride along in the ambulance. At the hospital, high jinks prevail as Masha's arm is mistakenly put in a cast and Sunny gets her in all kinds of trouble. When Masha meets some of the kids at the hospital, she discovers how lucky she really is, even if her sister drives her crazy. While some of the events that take place in the hospital are hard to believe, children will be able to suspend disbelief. Although the main character is in fifth grade, this book will find fans among younger readers. Black-and-white illustrations contribute to the humor in this tale of sisterly adventures.—Sarah Polace, Cuyahoga Public Library System, OH
Kirkus Reviews
Anyone with a difficult-to-appreciate sibling will feel sorry for fifth-grader Masha, older sister of precocious, gifted Sunny Sweet. Everywhere she turns, Masha is confronted by her inquisitive, brilliant, irrepressible first-grade sister. Everyone but rule-following Masha seems to find Sunny adorable and cute, even when she concocts a new adhesive and glues a bunch of plastic flowers to Masha's head. This time, Masha knows Sunny has gone too far. But even that tonsorial disaster is not enough to take their mother's doting attention away from the little genius. Unfortunately, this promising setup falls prey to numerous problems with believability. While readers might be able to understand that the jealous older sister might indulge in hyperbole to bolster her case, it's hard to accept the over-the-top exaggeration in the plot. When the sisters end up in the hospital via a neighbor's ambulance ride, the plot twists strain credulity. The nurses treat both girls without parental permission; Masha ends up getting a shot of a painkiller and being put in a cast when she is mistaken for another patient; the staff loses both girls and a patient with whooping cough. Both girls have cellphones, but they do not have their mother's work number entered in. Secondary characters, like the oddly absent father, are left undeveloped, while Sunny threatens to take over. This debut kicks off a series; here's hoping the plots are more believable in the future. (Fiction. 7-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599909776
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Series: Sunny Sweet Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 969,657
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Mann grew up in New Jersey, the second of four sisters. Her short stories have been published by Highlights for Children, where she won the 2007 Fiction Contest. She lives in Boston in a giant house filled with kids and cats. Sunny Sweet Is So Not Sorry is her first book.

www.jenniferannmann.com

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  • Posted October 6, 2013

    This book is SUPER cute. I read it to my girls and they loved it

    This book is SUPER cute. I read it to my girls and they loved it. My oldest said that she wished there was a movie about Sunny and Masha Sweet!

    Masha is an adorable character that has to put up with and suffer through the "experiments" of her evil genius of a younger sister. There were several times throughout the book that I laughed out loud. Sunny keeps making life more and more miserable for poor Masha, yet Masha proves to be a worthwhile role model as she continues to forgive and express love for her sister.

    I would gladly recommend this book to young boys and girls. It shows the ups and downs involved with having a sibling, while making you smile through the whole ordeal. And, it also made me grateful that I did NOT have a sibling like Sunny, because I know I wouldn't have been as forgiving as Masha.

    Illustrations: There are approximately 2-3 black and white illustrations per chapter. They give just enough to enhance the story without being too distracting. It's also nice for younger readers to have a visual aid.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Sunny Sweet Is So Not Sorry is smart, funny, inventive, and cons

    Sunny Sweet Is So Not Sorry is smart, funny, inventive, and consistently surprising. Just when I thought I knew where it was going, the book would take a completely different turn. The characters are appealing, and there's a terrific blend of total wackiness and heart. I can't wait to read more of the sisters' adventures.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2014

    I love this book!

    I love this book because Sunny and Masha are like me and my five year old brother I can`t wait to read the next one !

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  • Posted January 27, 2014

    I really loved the relationship between Masha and Sunny because

    I really loved the relationship between Masha and Sunny because even though they were terrible to one another, they really did love each other. I also loved that this book is now going to be a series, and that they are going to be even more stories where Sunny is awful to Masha but tries to make it right in the end. I think that this is a super cute and quick read, and is great for any one with siblings boy or girl.
    There were so many great characters in this book and a lot of lessons for the young readers to enjoy. I'm looking forward to what sort of trouble Masha and Sunny will be getting into next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2013

    I loved this book!

    I thought this book was funny and cute the end was really funny but i felt bad for masha at the end

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