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Sophie Simon Solves Them All
ISBN: 9781250028983
Author: Graff, Lisa/ Beene, Jason (ILT)
Publisher: Square Fish
Published: September 2012
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Binding Type: Hardcover
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Annotation: Third-grader Sophie Simon is smart about many things except when it comes to friendship, until she uses her high IQ to help some of her classmates with their parental problems. By the author of Umbrella Summer.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Family - Parents
Dewey: FIC
Target Grade: 3-4
Grade level: 3-4
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 5.25" W
Grade level(s): 3rd, 4th
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): Beene, Jason: - Jason Beene lives in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the illustrator of Sophie Simon Solves Them All, The Wednesdays, Seagulls Don't Eat Pickles, and Operation Fireball.Graff, Lisa: - Lisa Graff grew up in Big Bear, California, and now lives in New York, New York. She received an MFA in writing for children from the New School in New York City. She is the author of Sophie Simon Solves Them All.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring)
Third-grader Sophie's parents react to their genius daughter's love of knowledge with fear and embarrassment; in fact, all the parents of her acquaintances are terribly mismatched to their offspring. In her efforts to acquire a graphing calculator, Sophie also ends up sorting out the other kids' issues. This spoof tickles the funny bone with witty observations and ridiculous situations. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2010 #6)
What happens when parents seem like aliens to their children? Sophie Simon's parents react to their genius daughter's love of knowledge with fear and embarrassment. Third-grader Sophie wants to read calculus books; her parents insist on comics. In fact, all the parents of her acquaintances (Sophie doesn't want or need friends) are terribly mismatched to their offspring. The clumsy animal-loving Daisy has parents who want her to be a ballerina; Owen Luu loves the quiet life while his mother likes chaos; Julia enjoys journalism, but her father insists her future is as a mathlete. Sophie doesn't care about their problems, only her own, but in her efforts to get hold of the graphing calculator she wants and that her parents won't buy, Sophie ends up sorting out all the kids' issues. Her superior intelligence helps this house of cards fall into place just the way the kids want it. Like the Wayside School series and Florence Parry Heide's The Problem with Pulcifer, this spoof tickles the funny bone with witty observations and ridiculous situations. Sophie's serious tone amidst all the drama makes this an unexpected page-turner -- the reader knows each child's story will turn out fine but wonders how Sophie will put it all together. The funny situations and the loving but dense parents add up to a delightful read-aloud as well. robin l. smith Copyright 2010 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2010 September)

Gr 3–4—Sophie Simon is the smartest girl in third grade, and perhaps in the world. Her parents are worried because she refuses to make friends at school—she would rather have her nose in a book. She is fascinated by calculus and would do anything to own a graphing calculator. After being caught reading Principles of Civil Disobedience during math, her teacher, Mr. St. Cupid, asks her about the book in front of the class. From this point on, Sophie's classmates look to her for advice. Sophie's problem is not having the calculator, so she asks them to pay her to solve their problems. She agrees to assist Daisy with a sit-in during a ballet recital she doesn't want to participate in, gets Julia a newspaper assignment so she won't have to drop out of the journalism club, and helps Owen to get a pet by using reverse psychology on his mom. Through a series of lively and humorous events, Sophie ends up with something she hadn't counted on—friends. The reading level is perfect for those who have already transitioned to easy chapter books but want a higher vocabulary and plot complexity. The story concludes with "Sophie Simon's Encyclopedia of Things She Can't Believe You Don't Know Already," which is a glossary of terms and phrases used in the book. Black-and-white illustrations are scattered throughout.—Janet Weber, Tigard Public Library, OR

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