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Spinky Sulks

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  228 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
A playful story of poor, misunderstood Spinky, lying in his hammock with a dreadful case of the sulks.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1991 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published November 1st 1988)
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Miss Kious
Nov 18, 2011 Miss Kious rated it really liked it
getting over being mad at people who you love

dealing with sensitive people - not giving up on them

treating people kindly and forgiving people
Josiah
Apr 26, 2010 Josiah rated it it was ok
It's easy to be injured by this world, even by those closest to oneself, and to feel the powerful pull to respond by withdrawing from the source of that pain. Spinky encounters exactly this in Spinky Sulks.

Spinky really is an especially sensitive boy who feels that he can't abide the slights that he perceives his family to have committed against him. Therefore, he sits alone outside the house and refuses to speak to them, even when his brother and sister and both parents apologize to him for w
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Elayna Gilbert
Apr 30, 2014 Elayna Gilbert rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot because it showed two different sides to Spinky. He is a very sensitive person yet also has a sometimes careless side. The comments made by his siblings and parents are very funny and the ending is humorous. They illustrations are great conversation starters with preschoolers. The pictures also raise a ton of questions for the children and are great discussion questions. I would use this in my classroom as a story book time and ask many open ended questions. I also ...more
Ilana Waters
Dec 02, 2012 Ilana Waters rated it it was amazing
Love this book! As an especially sensitive person (ahem), I sympathize with Spinky's plight. Yet I also see his unreasonableness in failing to forgive his "tormentors." I liked how the author presented both sides of the story--sensitive Spinky versus his sometimes careless family. Readers will laugh at the ending . . . and smile at the inevitable.
Anja Manning
Oct 15, 2012 Anja Manning rated it really liked it
This is a funny and wise story about sulking and its effects. I probably should have read that when I was a kid. The story becomes more extreme as it goes on and Spinky misses out on a lot of fun stuff. But boy does he make up in the end!
T Crockett
Jun 29, 2015 T Crockett rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
The comments made by the siblings and parents are really funny. The illustrations (from a parade to sleeping in a hammock in the rain) are great conversation starters with preschoolers. Of course those same pictures raise some interesting questions, like "What's in the daddy's mouth?" (a pipe).
Alissa
Mar 11, 2013 Alissa rated it did not like it
Spinky! Pull it together, man!
Dave
Apr 02, 2011 Dave rated it really liked it
A great story about family relationships and forgiveness!
Jeremy
Could be useful in talking with kids about sulking. Some language on the first page.
Nancy
Jun 18, 2016 Nancy rated it it was amazing
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This was so funny that an hour after reading this I started laughing again. But it was not exactly appropriate for a four-year-old. I had to gloss over the word "stupid" and "ugly." The pictures are so funny, and the way Steig wrote the book was in the voice of a sulking child and he captured that voice so perfectly well.
Deanna Caswell
Jul 24, 2009 Deanna Caswell rated it liked it
This is not a book for modeling proper parenting and child behavior. I think that might be why I like it. Polarizing.
Bree
Jul 07, 2014 Bree rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Notes:
books like this do more harm than good sometimes; my kids would learn some pretty negative behavior from this story; "Alexander" by Viorst is better and not so morose
Lev Abrasha
Mar 26, 2015 Lev Abrasha rated it it was amazing
I like when Spinky threw out the flowers that Willamina gave him. And that's all. I liked when Spinky was a clown. Today I sulked after school because I wanted to be bought an umbrella.
Nora
Jun 26, 2013 Nora rated it it was ok
Shelves: jp
This kid is a putz, he is entirely spoilt, and instead of being pandered to he needed a kick in the pants.
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Christine
Sooo funny. Also really funny are the negative reviews of this book on Amazon.
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William Steig was born in New York City in 1907. In a family where every member was involved in the arts, it was not surprising that Steig became an artist.

He published his first children's book, Roland the Minstrel Pig, in 1968, embarking on a new and very different career.

Steig's books reflect his conviction that children want the security of a devoted family and friends. When Sylvester, Farmer
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