Author: Jim Averbeck
Category: Children's
Publisher: Atheneum/Simon and Schuster

The precociousness of Olivia meets the self-confidence of Eloise here in Sophia, Jim Averbeck’s new literary heroine. Her “fancy” narrative vocabulary, wisdom and creativity will delight, entertain and even educate readers. And inspire, as well. No matter the obstacles in Sophia’s path--four very large ones, in this case--she perseveres to make her voice heard.

Verbose, effusive, loquacious … these are all “one word” descriptions of Sophia’s process. Ultimately, she finds the “right word.” Or two.


A 40-page picture book about a girl who uses very creative means to ask for a pet giraffe, illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail


Chosen by Indie Booksellers for their inaugural Diversity Initiative

A KIRKUS Best Book of 2015

17 Of The Most Beautifully Illustrated Picture Books In 2015

PageNumber: 40
ISBN: 978-1-4814-0514-0
Price: $17.99
CopyrightDate: 2015


“Sophia's energy, creativity, and innovative critical thinking will entertain both adults and children…A must read.”

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Should I be ashamed to admit that I was charmed by the poop joke in the above spread? No shame here, friends. This story about a girl looking to fulfill her One True Desire (to get a Giraffe) looks to be a charmer through and through.

Averbeck's text is a fun take on kindergarten meets the board of directors. Kids will get it even if they don't understand a few of the words (effusive, loquacious, verbose). Ismail's watercolor and colored-pencil illustrations are childlike in the best possible way—featuring bold colors and faces showing great expressions, Sophia's drawings, a pooping giraffe, and just the right amount of detail. They are a perfect complement to the text. VERDICT An amusing story to which kids and adults can relate. Plus it's nice to see a biracial family and female judge in the same book.”

Catherine Callegari
Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH for School Library Journal

“Great vocab builder for Kiddos …”

Summer Reading Roundup
July 2015 issue of GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

Included in the Top 10 Summer 2015 Kids’ Indie Next List

“Sophia is a spunky girl with a big wish: to own a giraffe! One by one, she approaches family members to explain how beneficial giraffe ownership can be, using graphs, charts, and detailed business proposals. Each time, though, she’s told to use fewer words, until she finally finds the right one: ‘please.’ The ink-and-watercolor illustrations are bright and perfectly capture the mood as Sophia works to make her giraffe dream a reality. Silly, sweet, and filled with hilarious giraffe-related ideas, this book will be a winner for kids and grown-ups alike.

Jennifer Oleinik
University Book Store, Seattle, WA