Smile / Cry: Happy or sad, wailing or glad – how do you feel today? (Hardcover)


Smile / Cry: Happy or sad, wailing or glad – how do you feel today? (Hardcover)

A fun, flip-over picture book for children that reads from both front and back. Smile/Cry is a unique picture book for young kids, showcasing the full emotional range of their formative years.

Children, like all humans, are emotional critters.  However, they are usually less in control of their emotions than adults.  Joy and challenges are the essence of childhood Smile/Cry provides a wide range of emotions of the possibilities of crying over happiness or sadness.  This is a heart felt-picture book by the award-winning author, Tania McCartney, and I love the clever flip-book format (‘Smile’ story reads from front to back, while the ‘Cry’ story reads from back to front) with both narratives meeting right in the middle.

In Smile/Cry, readers follow three characters – piglet, bunny and cat – as they react emotionally to a variety of events and circumstances from everyday life.  Walking in the forest and eating pies while needing a band-aid or losing your ice cream off your cone can make you cry.  Young children will respond to the soft whimsical illustrations, as they learn more about their emotions.  The center of the story tells of how being wrapped in a cuddle can make you smile or cry because you are happy and feel good. Adorable!  This is a heartfelt picture book that families can treasure for years and is perfect for ages 3 and older.

About the Author:  Tania McCartney is an award-winning author of both children’s and adult books, with a particular passion for picture books. An experienced editor, illustrator, speaker and publisher, she has written over a thousand articles and reviews, both in print and online. She is also the founder of Kids’ Book Review, one of the foremost children’s literacy websites; and the Facebook phenomenon, the 52-Week Illustration Challenge. An ACT Ambassador for the National Year of Reading (2012), Tania is passionate about literacy and has spent many years presenting and speaking on reading, books and writing. The writing talent behind the internationally successful ‘Kids Year’ series, Tania has lived in France, England and China, but now lives in Australia with her family.

About the Illustrator:  Jess Racklyeft works with a medley of materials including watercolours, paints and digital bits and pieces. She was selected for Luerzer’s Archive 200 Best Illustrators of the World 2013/2014 and the Etsy Design Awards, and has been a finalist in the Kids’ Book Review Illustration Competition. Along with creating picture books, Jess works with Australian card companies, US-based agency Astound, and sells prints through markets and bookshops. She is involved in Illustrators Australia and writes for their magazine Outline. In her spare time, she creates paintings in conjunction with her young daughter.

Smile / Cry: Happy or sad, wailing or glad – how do you feel today? (Hardcover)

List Price: $16.95

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