The Barnes & Noble Review
Todd Parr, the author of such hits as The Mommy Book and Do's and Don'ts, brings us another splashy treat about all the special things that make us feel good.
With his signature bold colors and positive message, Parr shows us that happy feelings come many different ways, big and small. "Giving a great, big hug feels good," and so does "taking a bubble bath," but would you stop to think that "eating carrots with a bunny feels good" or "watching your grandma and grandpa dance?" How about "crying when you're sad" or "brushing your teeth with strawberry toothpaste"? Whatever the way, Parr's observations give the warm fuzzies -- "It feels good to think about all the things that make you feel good."
The Feel Good Book gives so many reasons to enjoy life! Adults will love sharing this book with children, who will recognize that a smile can be anywhere you look. Perfect for kids who need a little pick-me-up or a reason to make their own feel-good list, Parr's inspiring words and pictures are jubilant medicine for the spirit. Matt Warner
Children's physical and emotional wellbeing take center stage in a trio of fall titles. The first, The Feel Good Book by Todd Parr, offers observations about experiences that give children a glow: "Reading a book under a tree feels good" and "Watching your grandma and grandpa dance feels good"; helping others also merits several mentions ("Showing the new kid around feels good"). Parr's signature illustrations, bordered by thick black lines and filled in with retro tangerines and mauves, are cheerful and bright.
As its title suggests this book explores the myriad of things that make us feel good—giving hugs, enjoying a bubble bath, "laughing out loud," and "waiting for the tooth fairy." In addition to the everyday reasons to feel good, the author imaginatively takes the reader beyond the ordinary. Learning "how to count to eight with a spider," "brushing your teeth with strawberry toothpaste," or "eating carrots with a bunny" all feel good, too. Even "crying when you're sad feels good." Bold colors and strong lines work well with the rudimentary, child-like drawings that appear to be deceptively simple. Together, however, the art and text convey abstract thoughts—all the while using brightness, cheeriness, and a touch of humor to remind us about things that make us feel good. The author's other works include The Mommy Book, The Okay Book, and Do's and Don'ts. The author's postscript about what makes him feel good lends a kid-friendly touch. 2002, Megan Tingley Books/Little Brown and Co, Patterson
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Parr's feel-good list includes acts of kindness ("Giving somebody something special feels good"), pastimes ("Reading a book under a tree feels good"), emotions ("Being brave feels good"), and silly fun ("Brushing your hair with a lion feels good"), and his childlike illustrations exude cheerfulness. The playful, bold art adds wit and humor to the simple statements: "Playing under the sprinkler feels good" shows a little girl being sprayed with water from a deep-pink elephant's trunk, and two green fish demonstrate how "Rubbing noses feels good." An author's note invites readers to reflect on what brings them happiness. A perfect pick-me-up for any child who is having a bad day.-Linda Ludke, London Public Library, Ontario, Canada Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.