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Smile Cry (Paperback)

Smile Cry (Paperback)
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Tania McCartney & Jess Racklyeft

Smile Cry (Paperback)

Happy or sad, wailing or glad — how do you feel today?

Tania McCartney & Jess Racklyeft

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Smile Cry wins SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for Australia and New Zealand

Smile Cry wins SCBWI's Crystal Kite Award 2017!! Congratulations to Tania and Jess

A fun, flip-over picture book for children that reads from both front and back. Smile Cry is an innovative picture book for young kids, showcasing the full emotional range of their formative years. Readers’ follow three adorable characters — piglet, bunny and cat — as they react emotionally to a variety of events and circumstances from everyday life. From an 'ate all the pies' smile to an 'ice-cream plopping down cry'; from a 'cosy under blanket smile' to a 'need a band-aid quick cry', children will empathize with the tear-jerking calamity of a popped balloon or lost toy, or feel the smiley warmth of a being tickled. It's the little things that touch the hearts of children the most, and Smile Cry typifies both the small joys and challenges that are the essence of childhood. Younger kids will respond to the soft whimsical illustrations, while older readers will learn more about the range of their emotions — how it’s possible to cry with happiness and also smile with trepidation. The clever ‘flip book’ format means that the ‘Smile’ story reads from front to back, while the ‘Cry’ story reads from back to front, with both delicious narratives meeting in the middle. A heartfelt picture book that will be treasured for years, Smile Cry is perfect for ages 3 and upwards.

Smile Cry microsite is now live! Click here to find out more.

Download the Smile Cry teaching notes here.

Tania McCartney is an award-winning author, illustrator and editor, and the founder of literary site Kids’ Book Review and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge.

Jess Racklyeft was selected for Luerzer’s Archive 200 Best Illustrators of the World 2013/2014. She works with card companies, US-based agency Astound, and sells prints of her artworks. 

SPECIFICATIONS: Paperback | 215 x 288 mm | 32 Pages | Colour |

Best Reviews:

Scan Magazine (Department of Education and Training), August 2017

"supports children developing the skills to comprehend, short, predictable texts on familiar topics…can be a stimulus in the teaching of writing, encouraging students to compose or retell their own similar stories" Click here to read full review.

Armadillo Reviews, March 2017

"This picture book is sure to make you smile with its gorgeous illustrations and playful text. We’d highly recommend it."

Educating Young People, March 2017

"...a wonderful book about feelings...ideal for use with kindergarten aged children"

Reading Time Online, January 2016

"This sweet-as-pie book quickly became a favourite in our household. It’s fabulous for little tots learning to understand and cope with the various shades of happy and sad (such as an “ate all the pies smile” or a “tutu in the wash cry”) they can experience. Presented in flip-the-book format, the story explores these nuances of emotions through the lovable characters piglet, bunny and cat."

Creative Kids Tales, November 2016

"Once in a while you come across a book that pulls all the heartstrings, and this is one ... Congratulations to Tania McCartney and Jess Racklyeft on their contribution to the wonderful body of Australian Children’s Literature that we are blessed to have in this country."

School Days, September 2016

"typifies both the small joys and challenges that are the essence of childhood"

Aussie Reviews, September 2016 

"full of smiles and tears simultaneously. Illustrations are pencil and watercolour and help the reader to recognise emotions" - Click here to read

Boomerang Books, April 2016

"Unforgettable. A divinely heartfelt book, chock-full of sweet and savoury sentimental moments. It is a valuable resource for building foundations for sound emotional development. Readers from age three will simply gobble it up at every turn, over and over again."

Click here to read the full review + interview with illustrator Jess Racklyeft.

The Little Reading Room, April 2016

"A fantastic introduction to situations and feelings that children will undoubtedly face in their lives, through a child-friendly and fun medium."

Latest Media:

Queensland Times, June 2017

"Children will empathize with the tear-jerking calamity of a popped balloon or lost toy, or feel the smiley warmth of a being tickled." - Click here to read.

The Official SCWBI Blog, June 2017

An interview with the award Winning authors - Click here to view.

Girl and Duck, May 2017

Tania has been interviewed by Jen Storer. Tania and Jen talk about Smile Cry at 32.55, click here to listen in.

Child Magazines, June 2016

"The soft illustrations will soothe children into a reflective state about feelings."

Little Friends, May 2016

"children just beginning to understand their emotions will discover some delightful insights in this very special children's book."

Motherpedia, May 2016

"Younger kids will respond to the soft, gentle illustrations, while older readers will learn more about their range of emotions"

School Days, May 2016

"...Smile/Cry typifies both the small joys and challenges that are the essence of childhood."

Kids' Book Review, April 2016

"Smile Cry subtly explores nuances of emotions in a clever way that is meaningful for young children. It is a deceptively simple and beautifully told story."

Kids' Book Review reviews Smile Cry 



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