The sequel to The Hello Goodbye Window, winner of the 2006 Caldecott Medal.
Is it Sourpuss or Sweetie Pie? That’s the question whenever Nanna and Poppy are treated to a visit from their granddaughter. Most of the time she’s Sweetie Pie, some of the time she’s Sourpuss, and then there are those occasions when she’s both at once. You can never be sure which one it will be.
Happy and sad, joyful and furious, delighted and dejected, loving and impossible. She can change in the blink of an eye!
* "This welcome sequel to the Caldecott Medal title The Hello, Goodbye Window knowingly describes a child’s conflicting personalities. Both the sunny moments and the tantrums will ring true for readers of any age. Sweetie Pie’s balletic, floaty postures contrast with Sourpuss’s dramatic scowls and defiant stances; the two personas appear virtually side by side for maximum effect. A keeper." — Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Once again, Juster nails the inner life of a child, capturing perfectly the mercurial mood swings that can turn adorable into awful in the blink of an eye. Raschka’s childlike, gorgeously smeary, textured images employ ever-so-subtle shifts in color and line... Readers will be as happy as Nanna and Poppy to welcome both of them back." — Kirkus Reviews
"...moves surefootedly through the girl”s moods, with Raschka”s rich, bold designs swirled into images of family togetherness and upsets. Fierce, funny...like Sweetie Pie herself." — Booklist
"Raschka”s abstract, vibrant artwork sets up the differences between these two personalities. What is particularly satisfying is that despite knowing she can be good or bad, the protagonist is sure in her knowledge that her grandparents love her. Her story will resonate with young children who see themselves in the character. The last page is priceless: Nanna and Poppy sitting across from each other in comfy chairs, holding hands, exhausted. Somehow it is clear that they will be there for whoever wakes up in the morning." — School Library Journal