100 Things That Make Me Happy by Amy Schwartz
This flowing and joyous picture book lists one after another things that make someone happy. Told in rhyming couplets, the book has a jaunty lilt to it that moves it right along. Though it could become stagnant, this list of happy things never does. Instead there are little surprises as the book continues, moments that are funny, others that will have young readers nodding along about how much they too love things like sticky glue or camping trips or double scoops. Perfect for preschoolers to celebrate what makes them happy too, this book is sure to create smiles.
With all of the attention on gratitude journals and seeing that small things in life are what makes us happy, this book fits right in. Schwartz taps into moments of universal joy and also ones that will inspire new additions to the list. She manages to keep each page fresh, listing the things one by one. The font design adds to the cheerful feel as the words are shown straight, curving, and even wiggling along.
The illustrations too carry that cheer with their bright color and plenty of movement and motion. They show people of all races on the page, younger and older children, so everyone will be welcomed to share in the happiness. The images that go from one large one per page to several at a time. Those changes in pace make for a more dynamic read and one that never grows sing-songy at all.
A book that inspires smiles and pure joy, this book will have universal appeal. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from library copy.