100 THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY by Amy Schwartz
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100 THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY

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Age Range: 3 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Lollipop colors and utterly cheery simplicity make for a rousing read-aloud chant.

A multiethnic cast of small children and adults lists happy-making small joys in rhyme. It is near impossible not to find something readers will love, too, whether “red socks” and “building blocks” or “braids” and “parades.” The pictures range from multiple small vignettes on a spread to full-page illustrations. One particularly striking composition places “city lights” across the gutter from “starry nights.” In the first picture, a child tucked in bed looks out her window to a brightly lit nighttime cityscape; opposite, a parent and child toast marshmallows outside their tent on a hill under the stars. It’s hard not to love “strawberry ice” and “pizza slice” or a grandfather and grandson pushing their “grocery carts” full of stuff (and those carts rhyme with “frosted hearts”). Fine line and strong color make each image a joy: There’s lots of pattern and movement to every figure, therefore much to revel in visually. All 100 things are numbered and reproduced as a poster on the inside of the dust jacket, and the endpapers are striped in every color used.

It is a book chock-full of fun—what more could one want? (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Oct. 7th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4197-0518-2
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: abramsappleseed
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2014




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