Hello, friends! Our book today is I Miss Your Sunny Smile, written by Deb Adamson and illustrated by Anne Zimanski, a tender board book about finding your way out of a bad mood.
A mother says her forlorn-looking child, as they watch the rain through the window, that she misses his sunny smile. She suggests that they search for it around the house, looking for where it might be hiding: under the furniture, perhaps? Or in the cookie jar? The costume chest? The mother attempts to coax it out with a dance party and some bubbles, but nothing does the trick. At last, the pair find the smile hiding with a special stuffed friend, and once it’s found, they head out to enjoy the newly sunny day.
Simple and sweet. The theme here is immediately recognizable and fairly universal: we all have bad days, and sometimes a loved one can help cheer us through distraction and kind encouragement. The relationship between the child and mother characters is cute, and the resolution is satisfying. The art is colorful, but there is an odd choice in the deep contrast between light and shadow that makes some of the visual details difficult to make out. Still, this is a sweet, short read, and JJ enjoyed it. Overall, a nice pick-me-up story for young bookworms, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!
(Note: A copy of this book was provided to The Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)