Best Books of the Month Shop Costumes Learn more nav_sap_plcc_6M_fly_beacon Janet Jackson All-New Fire TV Stick with Voice Remote Grocery Amazon Gift Card Offer gdwf gdwf gdwf  Amazon Echo Starting at $49.99 Kindle Voyage Nintendo Digital Games Fall Arrivals in Amazon Outdoor Clothing Halloween

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Buy Used
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by hippo_books
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Excellent condition no markings or writing. Some minor wear from reading
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Smile Hardcover – October 16, 2008

2 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
"Please retry"
$4.55 $0.01
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Available from these sellers.

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2—King Grumpy, a stately bulldog, never smiles. Neither do his wife or his sons—Princes Grumpy the First, Second, Third, Fourth, and Fifth. Hence, all of the residents of Grumpy Land (which looks suspiciously like a topsy-turvy version of Victorian London) have forgotten how to smile. The gloomy land is depicted in somber tones of eggplant and mustard, and long indigo shadows. Upon the birth of Prince Grumpy the Sixth, then, the townspeople are dismayed to see a strange expression on his face. Doctors examine him to no avail, and the terrible news spreads throughout the land. Then it gets worse: the strange expression appears on the king's face, and then on the queen's and the princes'. Before long, everyone is wearing it, and they must admit that it looks "well, rather nice!" The color palette brightens to include lighter grays, reds, and jaunty greens. Prince Grumpy the Sixth is soon known as Prince Smiley. The story ends with a twist, as he marries and has a son, who is born with a grumpy face. Luckily, that terrible expression turns out to be caused by gas. Rowe's signature illustrations are packed with fantastically dignified animals straight out of Lewis Carroll. They have the static quality of formal portraiture, combined with the sophistication of New Yorker cartoons. The wryly decorous tone of the narrative draws readers into this silly story, and combines with the irresistible illustrations to weave a perfectly ridiculous tale.—Rachael Vilmar, Eastern Shore Regional Library, Salisbury, MD
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Rowe's art is colorful and charming and includes quirky details; the all-animal cast is endearing, particularly their bulldog majesties. -- Kirkus Reviews

See all Editorial Reviews

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Minedition (October 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0698400887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698400887
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.4 x 11.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,571,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
No one in Grumpy Land ever smiled. It wasn't that they were unhappy, they just forgotten how to smile. King Grumpy sat on his throne in Barkingham Palace day after day and nary a smile passed his dog lips. Queen Grumpy was the same way. They ended up having five sons, all princes of course, but they didn't smile either. They were "called Prince Grumpy the First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth." It was just that way in Grumpy Land and no one took notice of the fact that these handsome dogs had such somber looks on their faces. Queen Grumpy gave birth to a sixth son, Grumpy the Sixth, but something was drastically wrong with him!

He was a handsome dog prince, but when the king looked at him he got upset and cried out that there was "something wrong with him!" because he looked positively ill (pssst, there was a smile on his face). Princes are important in the kingdom so doctors from all over the land came to see and examine him. They were afraid that Grumpy the Sixth might be contagious. "It must be gas!" was the only explanation they could come up with to the king and queen. They dosed him with cod liver oil, but he still looked abnormal. Then one day in Parliament a "most horrid look spread across" the king's face. Oh, no . . . was he coming down with this strange malady as well?

This is an adorable story and right from the first illustration on the cover it is easy to see what a difference a smile can make, especially in a place like Grumpy Land where no one can even manage to turn up the corners of their mouths just a little. This would be a wonderful circle time read aloud and discussion book in a classroom. The art work is bold and saucy and adds a lot to this work. There are a lot of grumpy people in the world aren't there, but a smile is contagious, isn't it?
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deblyn on April 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Smile was in excellent condition! I have shared it with many teachers and told them about your company. Smile arrived two weeks from the order date.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Want to discover more products? Check out this page to see more: smile deals