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Smile! Hardcover – Bargain Price, December 22, 2009
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 5 year old loves this book. Read it to her K class and they all loved it too!!! Love the card-playing dog!!Published 10 months ago by Kool Kat
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. Read morePublished on December 22, 2012 by CJO's Mom