Two Problems for Sophia

Illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail

About The Book

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?

About The Author

Photograph by Tim O’Meara

Jim Averbeck is the author of the Sophia series, illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail; In a Blue Room, illustrated by Tricia Tusa; and of the novel A Hitch at the Fairmont. He is also the author and illustrator of the picture books Oh No, Little Dragon! and Except If. He studied children’s book writing and illustration at the University of California Berkeley and now makes his home in San Francisco. You can visit him at JimAverbeck.com.

About The Illustrator

Yasmeen Ismail is a London-based, award-winning animator and illustrator. She has worked on many picture books for publishers in the US and the UK, including Time for Bed Fred!, which was a New York Times best illustrated book. Visit her at YasmeenIsmail.co.uk.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (June 12, 2018)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481477888
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Lexile ® AD620L

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Raves and Reviews

* “Fun, clever, and empowering.” – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A welcome addition to positive portrayals of young girl STEM enthusiasts....This makes an outstanding readaloud." -BCCB, starred review

"[An] engaging sequel....Pair this title with Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty or Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen for a female-centric STEM storytime." 

– School Library Journal

Awards and Honors

  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title

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