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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
The Land of the Sourpie is the second book in the charming series about Flurry the bear by J.S. Skye. After reading book 1, I was glad to see book 2 was available for review. After three months with his new family in the human world (where Flurry was supposed to learn some humility and that he's not the center of the world), Flurry has the chance to visit home. He is also allowed to take his new friends with him. The little teddy bear is excited to see his real family again, but his excitement soon turns into something quite different. He finds out that he has a sister, is utterly upset, and thinks his parents have replaced him. His feelings are the beginning of a new adventure, and poor little Caboose, a polar bear (in teddy bear form!) gets involved. Fall, Flurry's sister, follows them, and suddenly the three find themselves in a less than pleasant adventure in the land of Sourpie: a land filled with sour looking cats with a foul character.
Flurry needs to learn to overcome his pride - which got everyone into trouble to begin with. I enjoyed reading the story and got through it in two sittings because it was hard to put the book aside. Determined kids might very well spend an afternoon and evening reading non-stop. The writing draws you in and is just the perfect level for young readers and older readers who need something a bit lighter for in between, because who really wants to be an adult all the time and only read difficult material? The author manages the fine balance of not writing in too simple a way nor writing in too complicated a way. While Flurry's adventure is anything but smooth, the reading experience certainly is.
There are also some very important lessons in the story that could have an impact on readers of all ages. We learn what happens when you are too self-centered, and that it is important to stand up and take responsibility for the mistakes you made. Flurry needs a while to get there, but showing his development is the point of the story. I feel that this series is very valuable for kids: they can grow up together with Flurry, have fun with his adventures, and learn a lot about life at the same time. And some adults could benefit from the lessons, too!