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MY THINGS THAT GO by The Smiley Company


From the Smiley World series

by The Smiley Company, illustrated by The Smiley Company

Pub Date: Aug. 16th, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4424-0801-2
Publisher: Little Simon/Simon & Schuster

The ubiquitous cheerful yellow face receives a series of makeovers.

Smiley morphs into numerous modes of transportation. With broad expressions, these grins appear on various parts of the equipment, from the bicycle's wheels to the train's engine. Rescue vehicles (police car, fire truck) vroom onto the scene in traditional colors of red, blue and gray. Headlights, wheels and propellers anthropomorphize with exuberance. The small trim size keeps all the focus on details; Smiley appears as an ice cream on a cone, and the license plate on the school bus reads SMIL3Y. The familiar golden head changes color and shape, and characters crowd the final scene. Bold labels provide the only text until the final statement captures a sense of ownership. “These are MY THINGS THAT GO!” My Animal Friends follows an identical format, providing bubbling balloon wings for butterfly accents or elongated ears and buck teeth for a bunny.

Slight, bright fare. (Board book. 6 mos.-2)