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I Love It When You Smile Hardcover – November 27, 2012
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PreSchool-Grade 1 Little Roo is not having a good day, even though Mother Kangaroo does all she can to brighten it. Fuge's endearing illustrations not only fill the pages with exuberance but add humor as well. On almost every spread, a mouse and its duckling friend are pictured observing each situation, with the little mouse imitating Roo's activities. Expressive facial features change from Roo's initial grumpiness to a look of surprise and shock to final laughter after slipping in the mud. Excellent use of white space surrounding the slippity slide page emphasizes the brown goop of the mud hole. Endpapers are a cheery lime green with pink and purple flowers. While the heartfelt sentiment will probably resonate better with parents than preschoolers, this title is sure to be a favorite with fans of McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick, 1998). Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
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About the Author
Sam McBratney has been writing children's books for nearly thirty years. His bestselling book Guess How Much I Love You, illustrated by Anita Jeram, has sold more than 16 million copies worldwide and continues to sell a million copies a year. He lives outside of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Charles Fuge is the illustrator of the Kate Greenaway shortlisted Sometimes I Like to Curl up in a Ball by Vicki Churchill and Yip! Snap! Yap!, which he also wrote. He lives in Dorset, England.
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I bought it to read as a bedtime story to my 5 year old son. It's a sweet little story, and my son and I like to cuddle up during our bedtime routine and say how much we love each other, so it fits that mood. Plus my son has told me in the past that he loves when I smile, and I've told him the same, so I thought this book would be fitting. For us it's about acknowledging that people can sometimes feel grumpy and in a bad mood, which is ok - but it's all the more special when they smile because you know they're happy and it makes you feel good when someone you love is happy.