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About The Book

The precocious Sophia and her pet giraffe Noodle learn how to look at life, love, and art in this latest installment of the series that Kirkus Reviews calls “fun, clever, and empowering.”

Sophia loves her family and her wonderful pet giraffe Noodle, so when she gets an assignment to draw something she loves, she wants to make it extra special. Taking her teacher’s advice, Sophia uses a little perspective and creates a work she calls Love.

Before she can place her masterpiece on the refrigerator, her whole family has to approve of the painting. But this is the Whitney, the Guggenheim, the Louvre of refrigerators. Can Sophia persuade them to take a chance on a new perspective, so they can see love from her point of view?

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

Olivia Hemingway Photography

Irish-born, Bristol-based Yasmeen Ismail is an award-winning author, illustrator and animator. Her first picture book, Time for Bed, Fred, won the V&A Best Illustrated Book Award and The New York Times Best Illustrated Book award. It was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, longlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, and nominated for the National Cartoonists Society “Silver Reuben” Award. Following the success of her debut picture book, Yasmeen has been nominated for her other works many times and has been selected by the Society of Illustrators to have her work shown in the Original Art Exhibition in New York four years in a row.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (August 1, 2020)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481477901
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Awards and Honors

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

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