Leigh Hodgkinson

Book - 2010

A little girl searches all over the house for the smile that seems to have deserted her.

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Children's Room jE/Hodgkinson Due Oct 16, 2022
Picture books
New York : Balzer & Bray 2010.
1st U.S. ed
Item Description
"Originally published in Great Britain by Orchard Books in 2009"--P. facing t.p.
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill. ; 32 cm
Main Author
Leigh Hodgkinson (-)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

la Clarice Bean, this account of a bad mood is distinguished by the vivid, emphatic voice of Sunny, whose mother says she can't have any more cookies until dinner. "I have lost something very, very important. What I've lost is my smile." Sunny's crayoned face has brown bangs, two little pigtail puffs, and big, quizzical eyes. Her domestic surroundings—aquarium, dachshund, kitchen table with a toy railroad encircling it—appear in quirky, childlike perspective. Is her smile on the floor of her room? "If there is a floor under all this stuff! I don't think I have ever seen it," she admits. Hodgkinson (Boris and the Snoozebox) draws Sunny's floor dissolving into a fuchsia ocean, as jellyfish swim by and playthings become underwater plants. Soon enough Sunny is playing cards with her dog and the spat with Mom is resolved, delivering a low-key message about distraction being the best remedy for the sulks. The text highlights Sunny's engaging chatter with a variety of sizes and fonts. It's a polished performance, and Sunny is a character that children will look forward to seeing again. Ages 2–6. (Jan.) [Page 57]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—Unable to have any more cookies (not even CRUMBS!) until dinner, Sunny loses her smile. Her dad suggests it might be where she last saw it, and her mom tells her where most lost things can be found. Her twin brothers irritate her with their own wide grins. Searching her messy room is daunting, so she cleans it up. She feeds her frowning fish, Glittergills, and plays cards with her dog, Mr. Honeycomb. Praised for these good deeds, Sunny finds her smile, and everyone is happy again. Her narrative is printed in various typefaces and sizes, mimicking her young voice. The childlike illustrations are done in bright colors with collage elements, occasional labels, and sometimes with sound effects. When the girl imagines that the floor in her room is really pink Jell-O, fanciful articles appear at the bottom of the spread in contrast to the more realistic items on the top. Sunny's imagination enriches her search, whether contemplating herself as a multieyed alien or thinking that her smile might be "LOST in the BIG WIDE WORLD." Youngsters who enjoy Lauren Child's "Lola and Charlie" books will love this one.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN [Page 86]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A little girl searches all over the house for the smile that seems to have deserted her.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When normally happy young Sunny loses her smile, she searches everywhere for it from her pocket to Mr. Honeycomb's basket before realizing that happiness is often right under her nose. 20,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Meet Sunny. She is usually happy'sunshiny even! But not today. She's lost one of her favorite things: her smile. Is it . . .In her pocket?Under Mr. Honeycomb's basket? Or did Glittergills take it?This exuberant picture book shows that happiness is often right under your nose.