Regardless of whether your children are neatniks or slobs, they will love the underlying conflict and disaster potential in Judith Viorst's Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest, a tale of two sisters with highly disparate personalities. The voice of the story, elder sibling Olivia, grumbles on about her ultra-messy and klutzy younger sister, Sophie, whose haphazard lifestyle and disregard for neatness are the bane of Olivia's existence. Sophie does try to be more like her neatnik older sister. Yet despite the insistent but gentle badgering of her entire family, Sophie seems destined to exist amidst clutter and calamity.
Young readers will likely find themselves captivated by Sophie's irrepressible energy and enthusiasm. And to keep things in balance, Olivia does finally concede that Sophie has some good qualities, too. Adding to the fun are the illustrations by Glasser -- pen-and-ink drawings with comic subtleties and carefully placed splashes of bright color. The pictures are so busy with the details of Sophie's cluttered, messy existence -- from the overflowing drawers in her dresser to the strange things that get trapped inside her wild, unruly hair -- that they alone can provide hours of entertainment. (Beth Amos)