Two Problems for Sophia
Two Problems for Sophia

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Series: The Sophia Books   

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Annotation: Sophia is happy to have Noodle, her One True Desire, yet her new pet comes with two giraffe-sized problems.
Catalog Number: #166363
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Illustrator: Ismail, Yasmeen,
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-481-47788-9 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-1763-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-481-47788-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-1763-2
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2016004072
Dimensions: 22 x 28 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
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 acoustical engineer by the name of Ms. Canticle w 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.
Horn Book
Because of giraffe Noodle's loud snoring, Sophia's new pet (her birthday gift in One Word from Sophia) may be exiled from her quirky family. Approaching the problem scientifically, inquisitive Sophia consults an acoustical engineer, then experiments, fails, and finally builds a wacky "snore transformer" that turns Noodles's snoring into "a sweet giraffian lullaby." Loose, Raschka-esque watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations complement the story's playful language. Glos.
School Library Journal
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-andcolored 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
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Word Count: 630
Reading Level: 3.8
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 3.8 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 503530 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD620L
Guided Reading Level: K

Sophia quickly learns her new pet comes with two giraffe-sized problems in this enterprising sequel to One Word from Sophia, which was named one of the best picture books of 2015 by Kirkus Reviews.

Sophia and Noodle, her One True Desire, are together at last.

But Noodle comes with two gigantic problems, and those problems are tearing Sophia’s family apart!

Can a little creative experimenting save Noodle? Or will Sophia have to bid him adieu?

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