Smile! by Leigh Hodgkinson


Written by Leigh Hodgkinson
Part of the A Sunny McCloud Book Series

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How can a little girl find her missing smile? She loves to smile but one day the thing she loves best just seems to disappear. She looks everywhere she can think of and finds loads of other missing things along the way. But the smile eludes her. Can anyone help her get it back? This is a charming idea and thoughtful too about things that help make us be happy.


Smile! by Leigh Hodgkinson

Sunny has lost something terribly important... her smile! She searches everywhere: under the sofa, in the dog basket, in all her pockets, yet it's nowhere to be found. But while she is busy searching and playing and having fun looking, something special happens, and she realises that happiness is just under your nose... This fabulously funny new story from an award winning animator will bring a smile to your face with its affectionate depiction of the chaos of family life and the joy of finding lost things.


Irresistible ... a bright, uplifting story about family life with fantastic illustrations -- and sure to engage young children The Bookseller Wonderfully imperfect hand-lettered sections of text help evoke the high-pitched voice of a small girl. Charming. Kirkus Energetically and engagingly written ... A lively read with a great message, subtly told Child Education Fabulously funny Bump 2 Baby Sparkly, vibrant and fun Inis (Ireland) 'Absolutely Delightful' - Angels & Urchins 'Smile! is an irresistible picture book...It's a bright, uplifting story about family life with fantastic illustrations - and sure to engage young children.

-turned mouth Sunny remains cute as a button, and her percolating narration bounces readers from page to page. Wonderfully imperfect hand-lettered sections of text help evoke the high-pitched voice of a small girl. Charming, Lauren Child-like multimedia spreads pop with punchy colors, quirky diagrams and annotations. Sunny might have churned out the illustrations herself, bent over a kitchen table determined to tell her story. Readers learn that in scouring her home, Sunny inadvertently does quite a bit of good work: She cleans up her room, feeds Glittergills, finds Daddy's lost flip-flop and ends up quietly playing cards with Mr. Honeycomb, the family dog. Sunny's mother beams, lavishes her with praise and...Found it! Hodgkinson's vivid artwork and story capture the colorful, intricate and comedic inner workings of a child's imagination. (Picture book. 2-6) Kirkus Reviews Youngsters who enjoy Lauren Child's books will love this one. School Library Journal A charming story book. School Librarian A wonderfully inventive, imaginative read. Child Education

About the Author

Leigh Hodgkinson

Leigh is an award-winning animator and worked as art director on the BAFTA-award winning animated series, Charlie and Lola. She is also an award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, who is absolutely passionate about writing, making things up and daydreaming. Among her many brilliant picture books is Don’t Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate, written by Caryl Hart, which won Highly Commended in the 2010 Sheffield Children’s Book Award, Picture Book Category. Leigh lives and works in Sussex and is married with two children.

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32 pages


Leigh Hodgkinson
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Hachette Children's Books

Publication date

3rd September 2009




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