100 things that make me happy / by Amy Schwartz.
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- ISBN: 9781419705182 (hbk.)
- ISBN: 1419705180 (hbk.)
|Summary:|| Lists a wide variety of items, from red socks to peekaboo, that can make one happy.
|Alternate Title:|| One hundred things that make me happy
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2014 October #2
Schwartz's distinctive pictures in brilliant colors would make anyone happy. In this oversize picture book, she offers exhilarating activities in rhyme and joyful art. The active youngsters show 100 things that please them most: red socks and building blocks, flip-flops and lollipops, shiny slides and pony rides. Diverse children of all shapes and sizes interact with zestful enthusiasm, as they explore the joys of the little things in life, from mittens to kittens, snowflakes to chocolate cakes, chocolate chips to camping trips. Some ideas rhyme exactly, while some demand a little leap of imagination, as in "garbagemen" to "a good friend." In one stunning full-page spread, an adult and a child roast marshmallows at a campfire under brilliant stars. In another, three little gourmands devour a whole apple pie each. A final "peekaboo" turns over to the last page's "time with you," as two friends run through an erupting sprinkler in a comfortable and pleasing end to a magical romp through the senses and delights of being human. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.
- Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2014 August #2
Move over, BuzzFeed, Schwartz (Dee Dee and Me) has come up with the ultimate listâand it rhymes: "Red bow/ Tic-tac-toe/ Hula-hoops/ double scoops." It seems pretty effortless, especially given that most of the sources of happiness catalogued are pretty down to earth. But in fact, Schwartz employs some skillful anti-soppy strategies to ensure her book stays bright, breezy, and buoyant. Hairpin category turnsâputting "Something sweet" (a trio of cupcakes) adjacent to "a parakeet"âcreate a sense of playful spontaneity. The tightly rendered illustrations, which usually appear in twos or three against white backgrounds, have a refreshing emotional reticence; the kids' happiness is shown as matter-of-fact and grounded rather than euphoric or manic. And then there are the descriptions themselves, eloquent in their unfussiness: it's enough to say "Grandma's lap" (the rhyme is completed with "a gingersnap") and show an image of a child snuggled up and reading with this beloved adultâthe author knows her audience can fill in the rest. Schwartz isn't the first to try a compendium of this sort, but she sets a new benchmark. Ages 3â6. (Oct.)[Page ]. Copyright 2014 PWxyz LLC
- School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2014 August
PreS-Gr 1âThis lovely volume features 100 everyday objects and activities from a child's world that elicit pleasure. In rhyming couplets, the list ranges from "bucket trucks/yellow ducks," "flip-flops/lollipops," and "mud puddles/soap bubbles" to "polka dots/forget-me-nots," "pony rides/shiny slides," and "braids/parades." A sample spread reads "fuzzy sweaters/long letters/ slippery floors/dinosaurs/comfy chair/county fair." Each of the rhymes is accompanied by a delightful illustration featuring a diverse cast of characters. The book jacket doubles as a poster featuring smaller-size illustrations of all 100 happy things on the reverse side. A fun, engaging read.âSarah Polace, Cuyahoga Public Library System, OH[Page 80]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.