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Smile (A Sunny McCloud Book) Paperback – 3 Sep 2009
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Irresistible ... a bright, uplifting story about family life with fantastic illustrations -- and sure to engage young children (The Bookseller)
Wonderfully imperfect hand-lettered sections of text help evoke the high-pitched voice of a small girl. Charming. (Kirkus)
Energetically and engagingly written ... A lively read with a great message, subtly told (Child Education)
Fabulously funny (Bump 2 Baby)
Sparkly, vibrant and fun (Inis (Ireland))
'Absolutely Delightful' (- Angels & Urchins)
'Smile! is an irresistible picture book...It's a bright, uplifting story about family life with fantastic illustrations - and sure to engage young children.' (The Bookseller)
When her mom says no to more cookies, chipper little Sunny loses her smile and searches the whole house hoping to get it back. She peers under the bed, sifts through the couch and questions poor Glittergills the goldfish. Even with a small, down-turned mouth Sunny remains cute as a button, and her percolating narration bounces readers from page to page. Wonderfully imperfect hand-lettered sections of text help evoke the high-pitched voice of a small girl. Charming, Lauren Child-like multimedia spreads pop with punchy colors, quirky diagrams and annotations. Sunny might have churned out the illustrations herself, bent over a kitchen table determined to tell her story. Readers learn that in scouring her home, Sunny inadvertently does quite a bit of good work: She cleans up her room, feeds Glittergills, finds Daddy's lost flip-flop and ends up quietly playing cards with Mr. Honeycomb, the family dog. Sunny's mother beams, lavishes her with praise and...Found it! Hodgkinson's vivid artwork and story capture the colorful, intricate and comedic inner workings of a child's imagination. (Picture book. 2-6) (Kirkus Reviews)
Youngsters who enjoy Lauren Child's books will love this one. (School Library Journal)
A charming story book. (School Librarian)
About the Author
Leigh is an award-winning animator and worked as art director on the BAFTA-award winning animated series, Charlie and Lola. She is also an award-winning children's book author and illustrator, who is absolutely passionate about writing, making things up and daydreaming. Among her many brilliant picture books is Don't Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate, written by Caryl Hart, which won Highly Commended in the 2010 Sheffield Children's Book Award, Picture Book Category. Leigh lives and works in Lewes, near Brighton and is married with a young family.
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It tells the story of a little girl who has been told off by her mum and shes not allowed any biscuits not even crumbs before bedtime ..and therefore this makes her lose her smile ...
She spends the whole day looking for her smile, without her knowing she manages to tidy her bedroom , feed her goldfish and play with her dog(Mr Honeycombe who is hillariously smart )
The story takes us on a brilliant journey.
This is definatly on our books to buy list ..highly recommended and the illustrations are fabulous too .Just brilliant.
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But here is why I did not give it more stars. The main--in color-- illustrations are adorable and would be fine alone, but the author has added a lot of busy sketch illustrations that are often difficult to see and are very distracting. She also uses many many different font types. For a read-a-loud this is fine, but for young readers this would be very frustrating. I like that the author uses some big words for learning, but she also uses phrases young children would not know like "in a nutshell", "multi-eyed" alien (when she could have said an alien with many eyes), and "spic and span".
This book had so much potential, but I felt it was overdone and did not deliver for little children. It felt more like an upper elementary book to me.
Would I recommend this book? Maybe. Depending on the audience and age range
Her dad told her to try to remember where she "last saw it." Of course that was a silly statement. She looked under the bed. There was a ton of junk under there, but no smile. She decided to clean up her room in search of it because she was so "D-E-S-P-E-R-A-T-E!" She looked in Glittergill's fish tank. No smile there. She looked toward the twins to see if they took it. No smile there except for theirs. Sunny had the perfect smile and really needed to find it. She decided to keep on looking around the house. Would she ever find her special smile again?
This adorable story about Sunny's lost smile will give your little ones a case of the giggles. Every youngster, and adult for that matter, gets grumpy now and then and loses their special, unique smile. The simple artwork is very appealing and meshes well with this story. Wide eyed Sunny with her down turned smile will remind everyone of their occasionally moody youngsters. The little surprise twist at the end of the story is very cute and when you read this story to your little ones they will definitely be able to relate to it!