- Age Range: 4 - 6 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - 1
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (May 10, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763676837
- ISBN-13: 978-0763676834
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PreS-Gr 2—In his authorial debut, Neal explores the universality of emotions with a reassuring tone. The narrative opens with an alliterative list of bad feelings supported by vignettes in which a young boy interacts with a balloon to demonstrate each emotion—"frustrated," "frazzled," and "fed up," as well as "bonkers," "batty," and "bananas". The text is purposely simple so that every child could be immersed in the story. The author delivers his message by labeling some of the difficult to describe negative emotions that arise, then moves into exploring happier feelings before concluding the tale with the idea that emotions connect humans rather than isolate them. More important, the reassuring tone of the text helps readers understand it is OK to feel happy, sad, or anything else, even all at once. Mixed-media illustrations are rendered in a retro, childlike style with a limited color palette that makes heavy use of blue. Animals, plants, and even the clouds and the moon in the sky are depicted as having faces and displaying emotions, which further supports the message of universality that the author is trying to communicate. VERDICT Suitable for school and public libraries, this title has a wide range of appeal and could be shared one-on-one or read aloud.—Samantha Lumetta, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
...the message of self-acceptance and community is heartfelt and reassuring.
—The New York Times Book Review
Neal (Over and Under the Snow, 2011) makes his solo debut here, channeling a boy who is learning to accept and appreciate his own emotions...Neal’s palette of blue, black, and peachy flesh tones adds a jaunty innocence to the boy’s childlike drawings, which include anthropomorphic flowers singing along to bee-buzzing accompaniment, a chorus of cuddly animals, and an oversize bear providing an enveloping hug.
In his authorial debut, Neal explores the universality of emotions with a reassuring tone...Suitable for school and public libraries, this title has a wide range of appeal and could be shared one-on-one or read aloud.
—School Library Journal
Spare text and expressive illustrations are perfectly combined to deliver a simple, profound first look at empathy.
—Books to Borrow...Books to Buy (Kendal A. Rautzhan column)
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Written and illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal. Published by Candlewick Press.
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