Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest

Narrated by big sister and neat-freak Olivia, Super-Completely and Totally the Messiest shows the foibles of Sophie as she navigates life in her free-spirited way.  Judith Viorst creates memorable and endearing characters while Robin Preiss Glasser captures their spirits in the illustrations.

For a study in opposites, put Olivia and Sophie on a t-chart to compare traits.  Sophie is also a study in hyperbole–have students point out all of the extremes in her behaviour. Have students respond by writing if they are more like Olivia or Sophie. Make sure they back up their writing with examples or incidents from their own experiences.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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