The Spectacular Adventures of Sophie and Sebastian
By Ruth Jeyaveeran
(Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Hardcover, 9780618507566, 32pp.)
Publication Date: August 2005
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Sophie is a hippo with dreamsBIG dreams that involve flying high through the air on a skateboard. But even Sophie’s best friend, Sebastian, isn’t sure that it’s such a great idea for an O V E R S I Z E hippo to soar and glide.
So what’s a hippo like Sophie to do? All day long the other hippos grumble and gossip about her daydreaming ways. If only she could figure out how to make her wish come true . . .
Sebastian says Sophie needs a little inspiration. But where will she find it? And, more important, what sort of adventures will she have when she does?
Ruth Jeyaveeran was born in Africa, raised in the Midwest, and currently paints in Brooklyn. Like Sophie, she's slightly obsessed with skateboarding. Unlike Sophie, she's unwilling to suffer broken bones for her art. The rest of the time Ruth brightens up her dimly lit basement studio with the illustrations for her children's books. She's hard at work on her third one right now.
"The colors in the gouache illustrations are muted and soft. All of the hippos are a light purple while Sebastian has darker purple wings. Sophie’s comic strip is included, adding a bit of fun to the tale." --School Library Journal School Library Journal