Drawn from Sheehan’s inspirational gift book for adults Be Happy (2007), this board book stars a loosely drawn dog, who demonstrates ways to live happily. “Draw and paint a little,” reads the text, as the dog, wearing a beret and holding a palette, splatters paint against the white backdrop. Other tips include “Share what you have” and “Be curious.” Uplifting without being preachy. Ages 2-5. (Mar.)
Monica Sheehan is the eleventh child in a large, boisterous family and learned early on to use humor as a survival skill. She nurtured her artistic talent while working as, among other things, a chimney sweep. She has illustrated twelve books and coauthored two. Monica lives on the Jersey shore.