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Time-Out for Sophie


3.37  ·  Rating details ·  257 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Sophie means to be a good little mouse, but she just can't resist testing the limits with her patient parents and grandmother.

Eat supper? More fun to throw it on the floor.
Fold the laundry? More fun to knock over the pile.
Read with Grandma? More fun to steal her glasses.
And then it’s time out for Sophie!

Rosemary Wells has created a memorable new character, ready to take he
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 24th 2013 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Oh those mischievous two-year-old. You know, the ones who push your buttons on purpose? Rosemary Wells has brought us just such a child in Sophie. She throws her food on the floor, not once but twice and gets a time out from Mom. She "helps" fold laundry by throwing it on the floor and Dad puts her in a time out. But Granny has other ideas when Sophie takes her glasses. Sneaky Granny. ...more
Noah Rachal
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Little Sophie is so Mischievous. Her mother makes her dinner, and when her mother is looking, Sophie is eating properly and her mother tells her “Good Sophie. When her mother isn’t looking, Sophie throws her dinner on the floor! Sophie gets a timeout. Sophie helps dad with the laundry, and when her dad is looking, Sophie is putting the socks on the line and her dad tells her “Good Sophie!”. When he is not looking, Sophie throws the laundry on to the floor! Sophie gets another timeout! She asks g ...more
Sophie gets a time out for not listening to mom. Then she gets a time out for not listening to dad. Then she almost gets a time out for not listening to grandma, but she doesn't want a time out, so she obeys.

Could stimulate a good talk about consequences, and obedience with toddler age children.
Donna Mork
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sophie misbehaves. Gets a time out. Does it again, and another time out. Then does it to Grandma. She says time out for her, but Sophie doesn't want a time out or for grandma to stop reading. So she gives grandma back her glasses. Good Sophie. ...more
Cecily V
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh! This is the best book ever! Sophie is maybe the sassiest mouse in the world. she steals her grandma's glasses and throws them on the ground, just like I do. ...more
Denise Menger
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
A real depiction of living with a small child. Wish the adults' responses were more proactive and positive. ...more
Laura Otermat
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-aloud
It's a good book for discussing bad behavior and consequences with a toddler, but not a story my son or I want to read again. ...more
Feb 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Sweet toddler picture book about a typical two-year-old who pushes the limits. Rosemary Wells illustrations are a-dorable, I especially like Sophie's (and her grown-ups') facial expressions. I like the organization of the background colors -- green for the macaroni incident, yellow for the laundry, purple for grandma's glasses -- with time-outs in between on plain white backgrounds. Even Granny's clever time-out is on white. Endpapers are fun, with macaroni spilled across the front, laundry scat ...more
Jan 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Adorable new book by Rosemary Wells. Sophie is a toddler who keeps getting put in time out. First by her mom, then her dad, but it's grandma's version of time out that really makes Sophie behave.

I LOVED this. I thought that the ending was clever and Sophie's actions that get her into time out are misbehavior that isn't overtly naughty, but still needs the corrective lesson of time out. Wells's bunny illustration are just too cute, too!
Mar 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rosemary Wells is a genius, pure and simply. No one understands kids quite like she does. I read this aloud to my preschoolers and they were glued. No one understands a "time out" quite like a preschooler!

The pictures with Sophie in a time-out are outstanding. The way that Well's conveys Sophie's sullenness with a few simple strokes of her pen is the work of a master at the top of her craft.

Essential purchase, preschool-2nd grade.
Rosa Cline
Jun 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids
If your child likes "Max and Ruby" this book is similar to the antics Max gets himself into. Sophie continues to be 'naughty' and gets 'time out' she does this to Granny as well but Granny just smiles and reads to her.

Many adults will just think this is a cute book, but I have never enjoyed watching 'spoiled' children that didn't mind. And in my opinion Sophie is one of them. So having a child read about a child doing these things they could do the same. Not a good example in my opinion.
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
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Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Rosemary Wells has a magical way of capturing early childhood on the page, and Time-Out for Sophie is a delightful example. With Macaroni flying off the borders of the page (and spilled all over the front endpapers) it's no wonder that it's Time-Out for Sophie. I absolutely love Sophie's expressions, and the way she interacts with her parents and Grandmother. ...more
I love Rosemary Well's grandmother characters. Love.
This title is short and sweet. I bumped it up to 4 stars from 3 because of the clever grandmother and how Wells portrays the situation so clearly and succinctly. If the current strategy isn't working, try something a bit different. Will it work? Maybe!
Great Books
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: birth-4, family
Sophie is a adorable 2 year old who wants to help, she really does, but she keeps getting into trouble and trouble means time out. Wells' captures the perfect expression of dismay and surprise when Sophie is in timeout. It takes Granny to tame Sophie's terrible twos. Reviewer 15 ...more
Mar 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Rosemary Wells churns out another cute-ish book, this time about manners. I'm glad to see Sophie has parents, but I question the practise of putting a child on time out between the sofas and at the top of a long set of stairs LOL! ...more
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Not a Rosemary Wells fan. Baby misbehaves and has a consequence, but not before misbehaving again (I'm sorry, if Sophie was at my house and she threw her food on the floor, I would not be making her more!). But Grandmother has it all figured out. ...more
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy reading picture books and I love them even more with the name Sophie.

If I ever have a daughter her name will be Sophia, but I will call her Sophie-because I love both names so much. Lol.

Cute book, about the terrible two's.
A reassuring board book about a lovable toddler who loves to push the boundaries. I especially appreciated the grandmother's reaction to Sophie's antics. The comforting text and illustrations will make this a popular lap book. ...more
Mar 26, 2016 rated it liked it
A cute book about the trials of a toddler in the throes of the terrible twos. :-p I like that it seemed like Sophie started to understand that actions carry consequences throughout the story - so that little readers might also start putting it together that there are ways to *avoid* Time-Outs!
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very cute- toddler appropriate. My 2 1/2 year old loves it!
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-fiction, 2013
This is a good book if you have a "terrible two's" child who needs a time out! ...more
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
It's kind of fun to watch another kiddo be naughty. ...more
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: preschool, pb
surprising turn of events at the end. probably good for the preschool/toddler set. child doesn't speak in whole sentences yet. ...more
Feb 23, 2013 rated it liked it
This is an easy to read nicely illustrated book on behavior for very little ones. I especially like the expressions on Sophie's face when she gets a time out. ...more
Mar 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very cute. Four stars because I always love Wells' illustrations. The "story" is more of a 3 star story. ...more
Edward Sullivan
Mar 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Even mice go through the terrible twos.
PottWab Regional Library
Apr 23, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2013-new
Apr 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Very toddler-relatable. I have always, and still do, love Rosemary Wells's illustrations. ...more
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
When Sophie starts acting out, her mom and dad put her in time-out. Sophie keeps acting naughty, until Granny comes up with a clever way to help her behave. A good trick for parents to remember.
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Rosemary Wells is the author of a number of popular children's books, most notably the Max and Ruby series which follows the everyday adventures of sibling bunnies - curious three year old Max and bossy seven year old Ruby. She gets the inspiration for Max and Ruby from her two daughters and the experiences they

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