Smile Cry: A Flip-Over Picture Book

Book Review, Picture Books
Smile Cry: a flip-over picture book |

Smile Cry: a flip-over picture book |

Smile Cry by Tania McCartney and Jess Racklyeft

Age Range: 3 – 7 years | Grade Level: Preschool – 1 | Hardcover: 32 pages | Publisher: EK Books (March 1, 2016)


About Smile Cry:

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. 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 bandaid quick cry’, children will empathize with the tear-jerking calamity of a popped balloon or lost toy, or feel the smiley warmth of a 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. Young children will respond to the soft whimsical illustrations, as they 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.


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 more than 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 Kid’s 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.


Find the Book:

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My Thoughts on Smile Cry:

Smile Cry is a book about feelings. All the ways you might want to smile (or cry) both good and bad. It starts with smiles and when you reach the middle, you flip the book over and read about crying until you reach the middle again. It’s a clever layout and a sweet story that my kids have really enjoyed.

Smile Cry shows kids all the different reasons you might want to smile, and the reasons you might end up crying. The illustrations are warm and comforting and the text is simple and straight forward. The words and pictures work well together.

If you’re looking for a good first book about emotions, this is a nice one to start with. It’s sweet and utterly charming.

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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