Reviews for Sunny Sweet Is So Not Sorry

Kirkus Reviews 2013 August #1
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) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2013 October

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

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