The ever-oblivious Sophie Johnson returns to tackle the world of sports using her incredible athletic abilities…or so she thinks!
Sophie Johnson is a self-proclaimed expert. She knows everything about unicorns and detective work, and now she’s sure she knows everything about athletics, too. Preparing for a fun run, Sophie is so busy with her Excellent Race Plan that she doesn’t have time to listen to anyone’s advice about how to prepare—or even where to run! Can she stay on course to win gold, or will her perfect plan go sideways?
A wonderfully humorous story from the picture book dream-team, Morag Hood and Ella Okstad, this follow-up to Sophie Johnson, Unicorn Expert is another engaging tale about the confident young girl who is totally oblivious to what is happening around her.
Morag Hood is an author and illustrator who lives in Edinburgh with her husband, Snorri. After working backstage in theaters for a few years she went back to school to study children’s book illustration and has been making picture books ever since. Visit her at MoragHood.co.uk.
Ella Okstad loves to draw ghosts, vampires, humans, cats, and all sorts of creatures. She lives and works as an illustrator in Trondheim, Norway. When she’s not in her office creating scary, cute, or peculiar creatures for books, she enjoys spending time with her husband, three boys, and a cat. Visit her at Okstad.com.
In previous outings, readers learned of her unicorn expertise and her detective genius. As this third Sophie Johnson tale opens, the multitalented, bespectacled protagonist is preparing for the biggest race anyone has ever run. Mom’s training for a marathon and offers help, but Sophie doesn’t need it; Sophie has confidence. She’s got a banner and a plan. She knows she needs to eat right (readers will note that her cart at the grocery is full of fast food and candy while Mom’s has veggies). Sophie knows rest is important too (far more important than cleaning up). On race day, Sophie knows she shouldn’t be distracted by the spectators even if they are happy to see her—or are they there for at the marathon rather than the “Fun Run” for kids Sophie has entered? Eyes closed in concentration, Sophie is first to the finish line…of the wrong race. Never one to be distracted by facts and reality, Sophie knows she is a true sports superstar. Sophie’s self-assurance will appeal to young listeners, who will also enjoy finding the truth behind her boasts in Okstad’s colorful, squiggly-lined illustrations. Sophie and her mom have paper-white skin and black hair; her friends who come to cheer her on are a diverse trio. (This book was reviewed digitally with 10-by-20-inch double-page spreads viewed at 27.5% of actual size.)
A fun and funny read for the sporty and the self-confident.