Smile/Cry: Happy or Sad, Wailing or Glad - How Do You Feel Today?

Author(s): Tania McCartney


A fun, flip-over picture book for children that reads from both front and back. Smile Cry is an innovative picture book for young kids, showcasing the full emotional range of their formative years. Readers' follow three adorable characters - piglet, bunny and cat - as they react emotionally to a variety of events and circumstances from everyday life. From an 'ate all the pies' smile to an 'ice-cream plopping down cry'; from a 'cosy under blanket smile' to a 'need a band-aid quick cry', children will empathize with the tear-jerking calamity of a popped balloon or lost toy, or feel the smiley warmth of being tickled. It's the little things that touch the hearts of children the most, and Smile Cry typifies both the small joys and challenges that are the essence of childhood. Younger kids will respond to the soft whimsical illustrations, while older readers will learn more about the range of their emotions - how it's possible to cry with happiness and also smile with trepidation. The clever 'flip book' format means that the 'Smile' story reads from front to back, while the 'Cry' story reads from back to front, with both delicious narratives meeting in the middle. A heartfelt picture book that will be treasured for years, Smile Cry is perfect for ages 3 and upwards.


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"I love the concept of this book and think that it will be read over and over again in our house" A Slice of My Life "An innovative flip-format picture book for young children that showcases the full emotional range of childhood... This book will be invaluable to people who talk to children about their emotions." School Librarian

Tania McCartney is an award-winning author, editor, illustrator and founder of highly regarded children's literature website Kids' Book Review and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge. Her previous titles are Peas in a Pod, Tottie and Dot, and the bestselling An Aussie Year. Jess Racklyeft was selected for Luerzer's Archive 200 Best Illustrators of the World 2013/2014. She works with card companies, US-based agency Astound, and sells prints of her artworks.

General Fields

  • : 9781925335378
  • : Exisle Publishing
  • : Exisle Publishing
  • : February 2017
  • : 215mm X 288mm
  • : Australia
  • : February 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : Jess Racklyeft
  • : English
  • : A823.4
  • : From 5
  • : bl2017010350
  • : 32
  • : illustrations
  • : Tania McCartney