Mimmy & Sophie: All Around the Town
- written by Miriam Cohen
- illustrated by Thomas F. Yezerski
- Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2004
- 69 pp., black and white illustrations
- ages 7-10
- ISBN-10: 0-374-34989-4
- ISBN-13: 978-0-374-34989-9
Mimmy and Sophie aren’t ready to go home yet! The sisters return for six more adventures in this chapter-book sequel to the highly-reviewed picture book, Mimmy and Sophie. Mimmy, 6, and Sophie, 4, have great fun in simple ways while living in Brooklyn during the 1930’s Great Depression. Like all sisters, they often don’t get along, but they’re always there for each other when it counts.
The book opens to find the whole gang on the way to find buried treasure “In The Alley,” and Sophie may know more than the older kids give her credit for. “Coney Island” is a vivid memory of a family trip to the famous amusement pier, where the girls think of a way to make the most of their money. In “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah!,” Sophie tries to keep up with her big sister while playing school on the front steps. Next, the girls are on their own for an afternoon at the Grand Movie Palace in “At The Movies.” It’s spring in “Liverwurst Stockings,” and Mimmy and Sophie go play in the muddy vacant lot so the other kids don’t see they still have to wear their winter stockings. In the last chapter, Mimmy doesn’t believe Sophie’s story that she went to “Babyland” all by herself.
Reviews and Awards
When editor Frances Foster told me we were going to do this second book as a chapter book instead of a picture book, I wasn’t sure about it. What would Mimmy and Sophie be like without the moody antique coloring and the action of the comic book frames? It turned out that the black and white format is perfect for the nostalgic scenes, and the smaller size of this book emphasizes the cuteness. It really is all about Mimmy and Sophie. Illustrating this book was like visiting old friends who haven’t changed a bit. I picked up my pencil for the second Mimmy and Sophie book four years after I put down my paintbrush for the first! The girls were still the funny, imaginative, independent youngsters I loved, but I found I was the one who had grown up. Now I was a better artist and I knew these characters like my own sisters. I’m grateful to Frances, and the author, Miriam Cohen, for letting me spend more time with these fun kids and for giving me a second chance to do a good job.