The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie


Remember! Picture books do not equate to books for babies. There are complex and adult themes contained in many, many picture books that deserve respect, consideration and readership.

The Misadventures of Sweetie-Pie‘ is a dark and rather unsettling picture book. We follow the journey of Sweetie-Pie, whose dislike of being handled in the pet store is finally quashed, when he realises he is the only animal remaining.

From overfeeding and a lack of attention, to the advance of snarling dogs, an errant hamster ball to misidentification, Sweetie-Pie’s life is one misadventure after another.

Award-winning picture book maker Chris Van Allsburg always serves his picture books up as deep stories to be explored and thought about. ‘The Misadventures of Sweetie-Pie‘ fulfils this aim surely. There is much to be talked about, shared and understood. The direct text and realistically styled portraits in seaboard tones emphasise Sweetie- Pie’s plight.

We recommend ‘The Misadventures of Sweetie-Pie‘ to readers who  would take particular pleasure and meaning from reading an intelligent, message laden book. Chris Van Allsburg talks about The Misadventures of Sweetie-Pie

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The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie

Chris Van Allsburg

(Andersen Press)

From the pet shop, where all the fight of being picked up and squeezed has left him, Sweetie-Pie is finally chosen for a home. Yet his new setting is not a forever home, but just the start of a series of adventures, mishaps, dramas and near misses. ‘The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie‘ is a thought-provoking, desperate, but realistic sophisticated picture book.


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