Reviews for Sophie the Awesome

Booklist Reviews 2010 August #1
Everything about Sophie Miller is boring and average, even her hometown, Ordinary, Virginia. Like Nate the Great, Ramona the Brave, and Harriet the Spy, the spunky third-grader wants a different name that calls out special. After deciding on Sophie the Awesome, she realizes she must prove her nickname to make it stick with her classmates, but being awesome is harder than Sophie thinks. Whether she is attempting to jump the farthest down the stairs, carry the most cafeteria trays, or stuff the most french fries in her mouth at one time, trying to demonstrate her awesomeness often lands Sophie in trouble and leaves her feeling even more ordinary. But when she saves her kindergartener neighbor from a serious accident, Sophie earns self-respect and a new name that’s easier to prove. With snappy prose, witty banter between Sophie and her best friend, Kate, and expressive black-and-white full-page illustrations, this new chapter-book series will appeal to Judy Moody fans. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2010 April #4

Bergen (who has contributed to the Candy Apple series) launches a series about a tenacious third grader, Sophie, who settles on a nickname that she thinks describes her perfectly. Yet she quickly realizes that others aren't likely to call her Sophie the Awesome, "unless she had proof of her awesomeness to back it up." As might be expected, Sophie's attempts at impressing her teachers and classmates don't go well. She is chastised for making a racket on the cymbals when she tries to stand out in music class, lands on her bottom--and in the nurse's office--after attempting to jump down six steps at once, and is reprimanded by the principal for trying to stuff a record number of fries in her mouth at lunch. Sophie's run-ins with her nemeses--the rambunctious class cutup and an uppity know-it-all--provide snatches of humor, and she finally earns a nickname (if not the one she had envisioned) in an unexpected, action-filled ending. Tallardy's (The Girl's Body Book) cartoony illustrations help play up the relatable emotions at work in this straightforward tale. Ages 7-10. (May)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2010 August

Gr 2-4--Third-grader Sophie Miller decides that she is too boring and needs another name, like Nate the Great or Ramona the Brave, so she becomes Sophie the Awesome. The only problem is that no one realizes that she is so amazing. She tries to be awesome in music class by playing her instrument too loudly. Then she tries by jumping on the stairs, which is against the rules, and she ends up in the nurse's office. Other attempts such as stuffing her mouth with French fries and jumping rope fail to show her "awesomeness" as well. Only when Sophie prevents a kindergartner from running into a busy street does she change her name to one she deserves: Sophie the Hero. This is an early chapter book. However, in some of the cartoon drawings, the children look like middle schoolers. Sophie is a self-centered protagonist whose friends are there to serve her needs, but she does not reciprocate. Although she redeems herself in the end, readers may not get that far.--Elaine Lesh Morgan, formerly at Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR

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