Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest!

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Overview

Now in paperback for the first time, the story of Charlie, a kid who knows how to be ready for any situation…. Just in Case . If a downpour turns into a flash flood or the grocery store should close indefinitely, Charlie knows exactly what he’ll do. But as Charlie is about to discover, sometimes not being ready is even better than being prepared for everything.

She wants them. She needs them. She loves them. Earrings! What won’t a girl do to finally get her ears pierced? Find out in this delightful tale that perfectly captures the yearnings of a young girl in desperate need of beautiful, glorious earrings!

According to Olivia—who is practically perfect—her younger sister Sophie isn’t very neat. But she’s not just messy, either…. She’s Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest! Olivia’s family tries to show her that Sophie is plenty of things besides a slob, but Olivia is unconvinced. Pictures from Robin Preiss Glasser, illustrator of Fancy Nancy, make this book super-completely and totally fun!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416942009
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 5/9/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 810,281
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Viorst was born and brought up in New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University, moved to Greenwich Village, and has lived in Washington, DC, since 1960, when she married Milton Viorst, a political writer. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. Viorst writes in many different areas: science books, children’s picture books, adult fiction and nonfiction, poetry for children and adults, and musicals, which are still performed on stages around the country. She is best known for her beloved picture book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

Robin Preiss Glasser is the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator of the Fancy Nancy series, written by Jane O’Connor; America: A Patriotic Primer, A is for Abigail, and Our Fifty States by Lynne Cheney, and Tea for Ruby by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. She lives in Southern California with her family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2001

    Satirical Put-Down of the Clumsy by the Neat

    How you will rate this book depends on your personal habits. Neat people will love it. Those who are a little clumsy and disorganized will feel hurt by it. Parents should be very careful in choosing whether or not to buy and read this book to their children. If you have a clumsy child in your household or neighborhood, avoid this book! I graded the book down for the gratuitous put-downs aimed at those who have accidents! Think of this book as Ms. Neat's view of Ms. Awkwardly Messy. 'My room is very neat -- like me, Olivia.' The feeling of superiority begins there and becomes supercilious as the book progresses. Her younger sibling, Sophie, gets excited and makes messes of almost everything. She is either clumsy, forgets to be careful, or is plain unlucky. Although there is token affirmation in the end ('mom says . . . Sophie's a kind and very nice person,' 'dad says . . . Sophie's a smart and funny person,' and 'Jake [her brother] says . . . Sophie's great at puzzles and dancing . . . .'), clearly the real message is that a klutz should be a butt for jokes. Come on! What kind of message is that to send to children? Development rates vary a lot with children. Some are still a little awkward well into their teenage years, while others have wonderful small and large muscle coordination early. Children don't choose to be clumsy. They just are. The perspective in the story could have been shifted to be Sophie's and emphasize how well she means. Then, it would have been a positive story. Having the 'perfect' older sister explain her shortcomings makes it just a painful putdown. The illustrations in the book rise well above the story. Sophie is a delighful-looking carrot-topped child with a smiling eager face in a colorful home and family. I liked her. I also liked the enthusiasm and warm heart behind her well-meaning mayhem. Maybe I feel that way because I'm Mr. Messy in our household. Think about when intent counts and when results count with children. With children, if the intent is good, the results will eventually follow. Is neatness always an advantage? When is it? When isn't it? Enjoy everyone in your family, for all of their characteristics! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2001

    Viorst produces another masterpiece!

    I think that Super-Completely...is a delight. The comical illustrations and phraseology are so truly indicative of real childhood. Sophie is clearly a happy, contented child, and though she makes attempts to achieve even some slight level of older sister's 'perfection', she's not crushed when she falls short. I believe that the book portrays Sophie's family as being without a doubt accepting of her little quirks. Sophie's unruly curls are a great touch!

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