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Spinky Sulks

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  173 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Spinky is convinced that his family hates him and goes off to sulk in his hammock. His brother and sister try to make amends. His mom even brings him a beautiful tray of food. But nothing can get Spinky to stop sulking—not even a circus passing by on his street! Will Spinky ever cheer up? Spinky Sulks is another delightful tale from the incomparable William Steig that will ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Square Fish (first published November 1st 1988)
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Josiah
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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Ilana Waters
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.
T Crockett
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).
Anja Manning
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!
Miss Kious
getting over being mad at people who you love

dealing with sensitive people - not giving up on them

treating people kindly and forgiving people
Deanna Caswell
This is not a book for modeling proper parenting and child behavior. I think that might be why I like it. Polarizing.
Dave
A great story about family relationships and forgiveness!
Alissa D
Spinky! Pull it together, man!
Elayna Gilbert
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 real ...more
Meredith Edwards
An honest to G-d masterpiece. I would be suspicious of anyone who doesn't like this book.
Yingyi
Don't like the ending. Not a good modeling of proper parenting.
Bree
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
Nora
This kid is a putz, he is entirely spoilt, and instead of being pandered to he needed a kick in the pants.
Christine
Sooo funny. Also really funny are the negative reviews of this book on Amazon.
Sarah
Hehe...this one made me laugh. I was a big sulker as a child, you see.
Cana
It reminded me of me sometimes when Spinky got all grumpy.
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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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