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Spinky Sulks

Spinky Sulks

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by William Steig

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According to Spinky, his family doesn't love or understand him and nothing he can say or do will cure his blinding case of the sulks.


According to Spinky, his family doesn't love or understand him and nothing he can say or do will cure his blinding case of the sulks.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Steig presents a humorous, thoughtful exploration of a child's ``own private thoughts and feelings,'' wherein Spinky is convinced that he is unloved by his family and goes into a massive funk. Ages 3-up. (Feb.)
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3 Spinky comes stomping out of the house in a major-league huff, mad at his family, mad at the whole human race. As he sulks about the yard, his sister and his brother come out to apologize repeatedly, his mother and father make nice, his friends try to lighten him upall to no avail. A circus parade goes by, but so what? His father hires a clown to coax him out of his scowl, but that doesn't work either. By this time, days have passed, and at last Spinky's mood passes too; now he's faced with the problem of rejoining his family in a way that saves his self-respect. He secretly concocts a huge feast for them, dresses as a clown, and everyone laughs for a long time, crisis over. That a child would sulk is certainly a real issue, but children aren't likely to gain much perspective on their own snits from the reductio ad absurdum because everyone in Spinky's world behaves so unrealistically, and the ending is just not feasible. Steig never talks down to his readers, but he generally delivers his point more imaginatively and less facilely. John Peters, New York Public Library
From the Publisher
“Mr. Steig may be a chronological octogenarian, but he knows exactly what children think is funny.” —The New York Times Book Review

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Meet the Author

William Steig (1907-2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator and author of award-winning books for children, including Shrek!, on which the DreamWorks movies are based. Steig was born in New York City. Every member of his family was involved in the arts, and so it was no surprise when he decided to become an artist. He attended City College and the National Academy of Design. In 1930, Steig's work began appearing in The New Yorker, where his drawings have been a popular fixture ever since. He published his first children's book, Roland the Minstrel Pig, in 1968.

In 1970, Steig received the Caldecott Medal for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. His books for children also include Dominic; The Real Thief; The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor Book; Amos & Boris, a National Book Award finalist; and Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books. Steig's books have also received the Christopher Award, the Irma Simonton Black Award, the William Allen White Children's Book Award, and the American Book Award. His European awards include the Premio di Letteratura per l'infanzia (Italy), the Silver Pencil Award (the Netherlands), and the Prix de la Fondation de France. On the basis of his entire body of work, Steig was selected as the 1982 U.S. candidate for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration and subsequently as the 1988 U.S. candidate for Writing.

Stieg also published thirteen collections of drawings for adults, beginning with About People in 1939, and including The Lonely Ones, Male/Female, The Agony in the Kindergarten, and Our Miserable Life.

He died in Boston at the age of 95.

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Spinky Sulks 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure that this woman read the same book as we did. We found it to be delightful. We could never get through it without laughing so hard that we had tears streaming down our faces. I guess that my children knew better than to act like Spinky (maybe use him as an example of how not to act). It soon became one of our favorites. Have you never read for shear entertainment?!?
Guest More than 1 year ago
We threw this book right out. William Steig is very disappointing this time around. Spinky is a spoilt, undisciplined, overly-sensitive brat. His parents are extremely indulgent and coddle him endlessly. They permit and encourage this sort of tantrum-ish behavior. This book is so pop-psych that it's sickening. Instead of disciplining him and/or simply telling him to get over it, they spoil him endlessly. The story really is quite stupid. My children were not impressed either. This book encourages this sort of self-centred nonsense that has become all too common in this day and age. I mean, come on, what responsible parent is going to allow their young child to sleep outdoors in the pouring rain overnight? Don't get this one. Even though we will not be using our copy, I don't even plan to give it to anyone, or to recycle it. It's going straight in the trash. His other books are better. Particularly, Brave Irene and Doctor De Soto.