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Sophie Spikey Has A Very Big Problem – Book Review


From the Cover of Sophie Spikey Has A Very Big Problem by Sarah Naish and Rosie Jefferies:

“Today Sophie Spikey has a very big problem.

She has lost her shoes, again! There is no way she is asking her mum for help, though.

“I can fix it all by myself,” she thought.

Sophie did not have an easy start in life and now she cannot trust grown-ups to help her. Luckily, her new mum is good at guessing when Sophie needs a helping hand.

Written by a mum who understands, and her daughter (who did not like asking for help), this is a story for children functioning at age 3-10.”



Transfiguring Adoption awarded this book 4 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]

What Our Family Thought:

The target audience for this book appears to be for foster or adoptive families. The book also appears to be written for kids ages 3- 10 but you might possibly get away with ready to children all the way up to 13.

The illustrations in this book are adequate for communicating the concepts and ideas. They are not as high quality as other illustrated books we have reviewed but they do get the job done.

The story centers around a little girl named Sophie Spikey, who tends to get upset when other people want to help her. Unfortunately, Sophie cannot find her shoes so she can go shopping with her mom and sister. Through the course of the story both child and caregiver alike are able to see the pitfalls of Sophie’s decision and a healthy way for the caregiver to handle the situation.

It would appear that this book would be ideal for a caregiver and child to read together as it seems to open up the doors to begin a healthy conversation about issues and past trauma. There is also a short parents’ guide in the back of the book to make caregivers better informed on this issue and how to handle it.

Overall, this book seems to be a great tool for parents to utilize. Not only does it allow for healthy conversation with your child but it gives your child new vocabulary to talk about how they might feel.

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It’s Your Turn:

  1. Why was Sophie “spikey” or upset at the beginning of the story?
  2. Why did she think dad or William had done something?
  3. How did Sophie’s tummy feel when mom asked about her shoes?
  4. Whose job is it to help kids work things out?
  5. What do you need help with sometimes?


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