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Happy Hippo, Angry Duck: A Book of Moods

Happy Hippo, Angry Duck: A Book of Moods

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Sandra Boynton's newest book is a celebration of moods and moodiness—from happy to angry, and everything in between. In classic Boynton rhyme, and with those captivating characters, the varieties of moods are carefully considered. New York City-based actor Keith Boynton provides the energetic and wry narration for his mother's insightful and funny new book.

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Sandra Boynton's newest book is a celebration of moods and moodiness—from happy to angry, and everything in between. In classic Boynton rhyme, and with those captivating characters, the varieties of moods are carefully considered. New York City-based actor Keith Boynton provides the energetic and wry narration for his mother's insightful and funny new book.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
With her familiar brand of gentle absurdity, Boynton creates similes that ascribe moods to various animals. "Hello, Little Person!/ How are you today?" greets a concerned-looking bear. Part of the book's pleasure is that Boynton doesn't rely on clichéd animal personifications: "Are you happy as a hippo?/ Or angry as a duck?/ Maybe sad as a chicken?/ (‘Can you sadly say, "Cluck Cluck?" ')"After the characters tell readers, "Well, I hope you are happy./ But if you are not,/ you have friends who will help you./ We like you a lot," even kids in the stoniest of moods will feel the effect of this pick-me-up. All ages. (Aug.)
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“Emotional labeling—now that's an angry duck!—adds to the exuberant charm in this wacky animal roundup.Outgoing Bear (“Hello, Little Person!”) introduces the players and their corresponding moods. Boynton's signature style gives zany animation to her trademark cartoon characters (dog, rabbit and moose, for starters). Facial expression undergoes minor adjustments to convey depth, through slight spacing between the eyes or the angled slant of the nose. Springy rhythmic phrases engage the audience. “Perhaps, like a pig, you are SWEETLY AMUSED, / Or perhaps, like a cow, you're COMPLETELY CONFUSED.” Pacing naturally rolls along through its conversational voice and irreverent asides. “You might feel that, somehow, you've lost all your fizz. / Or you're FRAZZLED LIKE A... um...FRAZZLED THING. (I'm not sure what it is.”) Some lighthearted fun with a nugget of truth, but it's all at the stodgy bird’s expense. ‘And a difficult mood is not here to stay / Everyone's moods will change day to day / Unless you're that duck. / He's always this way.’ Guaranteed to knock the bad mood out of anyone, duck included.”

- Kirkus Reviews July 1, 2011 *STAR

Happy Hippo, Angry Duck: A Book of Moods
Sandra Boynton. Little Simon, $5.99 (16p) ISBN 978-1-4424-1731-1 With her familiar brand of gentle absurdity, Boynton creates similes that ascribe moods to various animals. "Hello, Little Person!/ How are you today?" greets a concerned-looking bear. Part of the book's pleasure is that Boynton doesn't rely on clichéd animal personifications: "Are you happy as a hippo?/ Or angry as a duck?/ Maybe sad as a chicken?/ (‘Can you sadly say, "Cluck Cluck?" ')"After the characters tell readers, "Well, I hope you are happy./ But if you are not,/ you have friends who will help you./ We like you a lot," even kids in the stoniest of moods will feel the effect of this pick-me-up. All ages.

Publishers Weekly, June 20, 2011, *STAR

Kirkus Reviews

Emotional labeling—now that's an angry duck!—adds to the exuberant charm in this wacky animal roundup.

Outgoing Bear ("Hello, Little Person!") introduces the players and their corresponding moods. Boynton's signature style gives zany animation to her trademark cartoon characters (dog, rabbit and moose, for starters). Facial expression undergoes minor adjustments to convey depth, through slight spacing between the eyes or the angled slant of the nose. Springy rhythmic phrases engage the audience. "Perhaps, like a pig, you are SWEETLY AMUSED, / Or perhaps, like a cow, you're COMPLETELY CONFUSED." Pacing naturally rolls along through its conversational voice and irreverent asides. "You might feel that, somehow, you've lost all your fizz. / Or you're FRAZZLED LIKE A... um...FRAZZLED THING. (I'm not sure what itis.") Some lighthearted fun with a nugget of truth, but it's all at the stodgy bird's expense. "And a difficult mood is not here to stay / Everyone's moods will change day to day / Unless you're that duck. / He's always this way."

Guaranteed to knock the bad mood out of anyone, duck included. (Board book. 2-4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940000970935
Publisher:
Boynton Moo Media
Publication date:
03/16/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
182,876
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
1 - 2 Years

Meet the Author

Sandra Boynton is a popular American humorist, songwriter, children’s author, and illustrator. Boynton has written and illustrated more than forty books for both children and adults, as well as more than four thousand greeting cards and four music albums. She has designed—for various companies—calendars, wallpaper, bedding, stationery, paper goods, clothing, jewelry, and plush toys.

Sandra Boynton is a popular American humorist, songwriter, children’s author, and illustrator. Boynton has written and illustrated more than forty books for both children and adults, as well as more than four thousand greeting cards and four music albums. She has designed—for various companies—calendars, wallpaper, bedding, stationery, paper goods, clothing, jewelry, and plush toys.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
"Somewhere in rural Connecticut"
Date of Birth:
April 3, 1953
Place of Birth:
Orange, New Jersey
Education:
B.A., Yale University, 1974; attended University of California--Berkeley Drama School and Yale Drama School

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Happy Hippo, Angry Duck 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reviewing the book called "Happy Hippo, Angry Duck" by Sandra Boynton. The narration is effective and amusing. This is a good book that describes feelings and emotions using Sandra Boynton's cute animals. The expressions of the illustrated animals match the text very well. It also opens up the dialogue between my 3 year old and I, regarding our feelings. The message is clear: even though you may be angry or grumpy now, moods are transitory so you will feel better again soon. The optimistic ending is most appreciated by this parent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My children and I truly enjoyed this book. It helped my son to consider his emotions and understand other emotions,besides angry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books are gret for littler kids aroun 3 or 4. I still have thess from a cupple years back whenmy mom read toor with me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It wouldn't hurt to have someone more chipper reading this with the automated reading option...unless you're trying to put the kids to sleep. Then, it's a great option.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is by far my faverete books. Ps I'm 13
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Adorable book. I own several of Sandra Boynton's board books as I like her artwork and humor. The book describes various moods displayed by animals in a funny way and encourages kids that even if they aren't feeling the best to not be upset because moods naturally change from day to day. My toddler loves it and asks for it to be read multiple times.
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I was a learder of the underworld
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The headline says it all. Average.
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