Friday, October 3, 2008

Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie

You may know how much I adore The Hello, Goodbye Window from this post HERE. Well, 2008 has brought us a follow-up of the characters in the house with the hello, goodbye window. It's Sourpuss and Sweetie Pie by Norton Juster and Chris Raschka. Once again this picture book team gives us a seamless read-aloud. Here is a taste:

Sweetie Pie:
"When I get big and you get old, Poppy, I'm going to take care of you. You can do whatever you want as long as you clean up when you're done."

"I don't want to drive anymore. I have to go to the bathroom again. I feel sick. It's so boring. I'm going to throw up. Who wants to see where the pilgrims landed anyway? Why can't we stop for a frosty? Let's go home. NOW!"

The little girl's Nana and Poppy don't know who will arrive at the hello, goodbye window. Will it be Sweetie Pie or Sourpuss? Do I know those ever-changing moods!

Children will recognize their own behaviors on the pages and Chris Raschka is brilliant at depicting the light and dark temperament of a child.

As a parent I'm watching them grow. Every day there is some new discovery for us all. This is the first time I'm embedding music on this blog, well besides youtube, but Zach Gill's song, Watch them Grow is so fitting you'll have to give it a listen.

Watch Them Grow - Zach Gill


  1. I love that huge monster smile....perfect for my next blog post!
    Zach Gill's song brought some good tears to my eyes.

  2. I know I've played that song over and there's another good duet with Jack Johnson and Zach Gill called Family. You can see it on youtube.

    We love Deb's book here too : )


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