The young chimp from Things I Like (1989) and I Like Books (1988) returns in a new concept book, this time about feelings. After asking, “How do you feel?” the chimp describes his range of emotions: happy, sad, curious, guilty, and so on. While the text itself communicates each emotion—using large, bold letters for surprised, a smaller font for lonely, letters that seem to leap up and down for funny, and so forth—it’s Browne’s brightly colored watercolor-and-gouache illustrations of the expressive chimp that truly convey the animal’s feelings best. For example, there’s no doubt that the stomping chimp, with its teeth bared, eyes wide, and all those red marks emitting from his head, is angry, or that the yawning chimp drawn only in grayscale is bored. A concluding double-page spread with thumbnail illustrations recaps the emotions, allowing preschoolers, particularly those less verbal, to point out how they are feeling right now. Preschool-Grade 1. --Angela Leeper
Taking children through happy and sad, confident and shy and beyond, Mr. Browne's gentle drawings will leave toddlers better equipped to explain themselves in a culture that prizes self-awareness.
—The Wall Street Journal
This deceptively simple book introduces an overalls-clad chimp who evokes a spectrum of emotions as he answers the titular question. Though the minimal text is forthright, Browne’s nuanced watercolor and gouache pictures use body language and other cues to amplify each emotion... The chimp models 14 emotions and other feelings (like hungry and full) in total, all of which reappear in miniature on a final spread that asks readers directly how they feel, cementing the book’s usefulness as a tool to both introduce emotions and encourage discussions of readers’ feelings.