|Two problems for Sophia|
Author: Averbeck, Jim
Sophia is happy to have Noodle, her One True Desire, yet her new pet comes with two giraffe-sized problems.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.80
Points: .5 Quiz: 503530
Kirkus Reviews (+) (05/01/18)
School Library Journal (06/01/18)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (+) (00/05/18)
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Booklist - 04/15/2018 Sophia has two problems: her giraffe, Noodle, gives supersloppy kisses to Grand-mamá, and he snores. Loudly. It’s up to Sophia to find permanent fixes. First she researches and then asks an expert—an acoustical engineer by the name of Ms. Canticle—how to address the snoring. Through trial and error, Sophia zeroes in on a solution. Altering the snore by reshaping Noodle’s long neck doesn’t work. Blocking the noise by plugging everyone’s ears doesn’t work either. Finally, Sophia creates a mask for Noodle to wear when he is asleep. The mask works, and when the family sleeps through the night, they realize that Noodle belongs with their family no matter what problems he brings. Averbeck presents a clever, great introduction to methods of experimentation, showing children through the narrative how to hypothesize, plan, and investigate. This book is filled with high-level vocabulary, scientific words, and, to help with all that, a glossary. Good for one-on-one reading and explaining. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 06/01/2018 PreS-Gr 2—In this engaging sequel to One Word from Sophia, Sophia, an inventive and mechanically gifted girl must find a solution to the perturbing problem of her pet giraffe's raucous snoring. The child thought that having gotten Noodle, her "One True Desire," she would be completely happy. However, it turns out that having a giraffe as a pet comes with its own set of problems. Sophia's sleep-deprived mother demands that she find a solution to the unbearable snoring and Noodle for his part, tries to make up, but his sloppy kisses only aggravate the adults in the household. Brilliant young Sophia does extensive research and seeks out an acoustical engineer for assistance but it's ultimately her own ingenuity and engineering prowess that saves the day. The bright watercolor-and—colored pencil illustrations show Sophia's family chugging coffee as they suffer through the sleepless nights. Meanwhile, Noodle's serpentine neck swoops gleefully in and out of spreads with ossicones waggling. The book presumes that readers are ignorant of important giraffe data and offers a "Giraffacts" page right off the bat. The simple text contains some complex vocabulary but in keeping with the original, there is a handy glossary in the back for further assistance. VERDICT Pair this title with Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty or Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen for a female-centric STEM storytime.—Laken Hottle, Providence Community Library - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.