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

Smile Cry: Happy or sad, wailing or glad? How do you feel today?

£7.99

Paperback due for release March 2017! Hardback in stock.

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.

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.

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.

Download the Smile Cry teaching notes here.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardcover | 215 x 288 mm | Colour | 32 Pages |

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Tania McCartney is an award-winning author, illustrator and editor, and the founder of literary site Kids’ Book Review and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge.

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.

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 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.

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.

Reading Time Online, January 2016
“This sweet-as-pie book quickly became a favourite in our household. It’s fabulous for little tots learning to understand and cope with the various shades of happy and sad (such as an “ate all the pies smile” or a “tutu in the wash cry”) they can experience. Presented in flip-the-book format, the story explores these nuances of emotions through the lovable characters piglet, bunny and cat.”


Creative Kids Tales, November 2016
“Once in a while you come across a book that pulls all the heartstrings, and this is one … Congratulations to Tania McCartney and Jess Racklyeft on their contribution to the wonderful body of Australian Children’s Literature that we are blessed to have in this country.”


School Days, September 2016
“typifies both the small joys and challenges that are the essence of childhood”


School Librarian, July 2016
“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.”


A Slice of My Life, April 2016
“I love the concept of this book and think that it will be read over and over again in our house”


Parents in Touch, March 2016
“There are so many picture books on the market today that it can be hard to make a book stand out, but this flip over book succeeds admirably.”


Red Reading Hub, March 2016
“Perfect for sharing with young children at home or in an early years setting. It’s certain to generate a great deal of discussion and is bound to bring on a whole lot of smiles”


Parenting Place Magazine, March 2016
“Read it front-to-back and back-to-front, this gorgeous, heartfelt picture book explores a variety of children’s emotions from an ‘ate all the pies’ smile to an ‘ice-cream plopping down cry” 


Parenting Without Tears, March 2016
“A really well-told story that should help little ones explore their feelings.”


Growing Up Madison, March 2016
“I couldn’t begin to praise Smile/Cry enough and it’s why it gets my TWO TINY THUMBS UP!”


NC Teacher Stuff, February 2016
“With sweet illustrations and insightful observations, Smile Cry will spark a slew of connections with young readers”

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