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Smile! Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 22, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061852694
  • ASIN: B0046LUFEA
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,765,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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 A wonderfully inventive, imaginative read. Child Education --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Leigh Hodgkinson is an animator who has made numerous award-winning short films. She is also the creator of the picture books Boris and the Snoozebox and Boris and the Wrong Shadow. Leigh lives in London.


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Format: Hardcover
A wide eyed, freckle faced little girl named Sunny with pony tails stuck her head around a corner and looked at a cookie jar. Her mother said she couldn't have any cookies, not even "crumbs and little broken pieces" and she was not in a very happy mood. Not at all. In fact, she found that she was missing something and that missing something was a smile. Her smile was very important and Sunny just had to find it. She even started putting up posters offering "1 humbug" as a reward. Smiling was one of Sunny's "favorite hobbies." She could smile in any kind of weather and losing her smile was a crisis.

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!
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Format: Hardcover
This book has a wonderful story concept about a girl who loses her smile after being told she can't have a cookie and then goes in search of it. I love how the smile is brought back by her mom giving her compliments.
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
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By Missie on June 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My daughter loves this book and smiling. She thought it was cool that the little girl's name is Sunny and her name is Sunshine. I love to read this book. The different fonts and sizes of text are really fun to read with lots of drama!
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By CJO's Mom on December 22, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My 2 year old boy likes this story. I can't say that it is my favorite story to read, but I have certainly read worse. He still asks to read it on occasion, so it remains on our main book shelf.
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Leigh Hodgkinson's created an adorable story about a little girl looking for her smile. Her fun and vibrant illustrations adds nicely to the easy to read first-person perspective storyline.
My daughter loves listening to this story and looking at all the unique illustrations.
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