Smile! by Leigh Hodgkinson
Though Sunny is almost always smiling, today she isn’t. In fact, she has lost her smile. It all happened when she was definitely not sulking after her mother told her she couldn’t have any more cookies until dinner. Sunny’s dad says she should try to remember where she had it last. Sunny looks all over for her smile, even cleaning up her room in the process. She finally has a quick game of cards with her dog before continuing the search. And guess what happens to appear!
Sunny has a very unique and personal voice that really makes this book special. Combined with the vibrant and child-like art, this book has plenty of energy and spark. Hodgkinson also uses fonts to help emphasize certain words rather like Lauren Child’s books. This book is filled with a wry humor, making it a pleasure to read aloud.
This one won’t sit on the shelf long with its bright yellow cover and friendly illustrations! Snatch it up quickly! Appropriate for ages 4-7.
Reviewed from library copy.
You can check out the book trailer below which gives a great sense of the illustration style as well as Leigh Hodgkinson’s own blog.