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Augustus and His Smile Hardcover – April 18, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Good Books (April 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561485101
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561485109
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 10.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #767,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–Augustus the tiger has lost his smile. Not knowing where to find it, he begins a quest that takes him all over the world. He explores jungles, deserts, and oceans while searching for it, and finally finds it by looking in a pool of water. He comes to the realization that all of the things he has experienced will bring back his missing smile any time he thinks of them. Rayner has created a simple, poetic story that will have children speculating about what makes them feel good. The underlying theme of the enjoyment of the natural world will also help them articulate what parts they like best. The art matches the simplicity of the large-print text. Each spread has shapes or creatures that symbolize the area that the protagonist is currently visiting (large overlapping leaves for the jungle, a school of fish for the ocean, etc.). The illustrations work well with the spare narrative, giving viewers an idea of the expanse of the environments without becoming cluttered. The settings are soothing and majestic in contrast to the tiger's movement and energy. This book will suit storytimes, where children will smile along with Augustus.–Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ
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"Rayner creates a tiger every bit as powerfully impressive as the one in Marcia Brown's Caldecott Medal-winning Once a Mouse (1961)." -Kirkus Reviews
"Rayner combines a poetic sensibility with textured backgrounds and sweeping brushstrokes in this understated, visually dramatic story of one tiger's quest. The masterful art will engage readers on a deeply sensual level." -Publishers Weekly


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ainsley's Mom on January 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is one of my very favorite books for my three year-old daughter. How it escaped Caldecott recognition is beyond me - the illustrations are incredible, Asian-inspired works of art. Poor Augustus the tiger has lost his smile and sets off on a journey to find it, finally learning that it is always with him as is the joy and beauty in the world. Even my daughter understands the message, and we love reading it together. Highly recommend this book if you are in the mood for a change from some of the sillier (though still very good) kids books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cure EGID on March 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
We checked this out of our library and my son LOVED this book. He asked us to read it everyday. The illustrations are gorgeous. Don't pass on this one.
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By Marion A. Knott on December 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It was ok but some of her other books are better. Don't like the illustrations. What more can I say. The kids will fill in the rest/
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By CPeters on November 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
My daughter and I love to read this book together. It is a beautiful story about joy and finding it. I love sharing the message with my 3 year old and the illustrations are beautiful. In would absolutely recommend this to everyone.
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