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I Love It When You Smile

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From the bestselling author of Guess How Much I Love You

When Little Roo wakes up, he just feels grumpy. His mother tries everything to make him feel better, but nothing she does makes any difference. So how will a deep, wide, and muddy-at-the-bottom hole make Little Roo smile?

From Sam McBratney and Charles Fuge comes a story that will guarantee a smile and a laugh from even the grumpiest reader.

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Overview

From the bestselling author of Guess How Much I Love You

When Little Roo wakes up, he just feels grumpy. His mother tries everything to make him feel better, but nothing she does makes any difference. So how will a deep, wide, and muddy-at-the-bottom hole make Little Roo smile?

From Sam McBratney and Charles Fuge comes a story that will guarantee a smile and a laugh from even the grumpiest reader.

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Editorial Reviews

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Like other youngsters, Little Roo sometimes wakes up a bit grumpy. But this morning, Mother Kangaroo can't get her tiny hopper out his funk, no matter how hard she tries. After tickling him and tossing him in the air don't work, mama finds a foolproof mood improver. A cute picture story by the author of Guess How Much I Love You.
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
One morning little kangaroo Roo feels grumpy. His mother tries hard to make him smile, but Roo does no want to. At breakfast time, Roo is not even hungry. As his mother hops down the hill with him in her pouch, she slips and slides right into a muddy hole. "WHAT A MESS!" Muddy all over, Roo looks at his wet, slimy mother and cannot help himself. He finally just has to smile. Two other characters are introduced on the back cover, a mouse and a white duck. This pair appears as spectators in all scenes, unmentioned but silently contributing to the emotional content. The bright setting, with flowers, mushrooms, a few bees, and lots of greenery, all further the light-hearted feeling. The naturalistically depicted animal actors express themselves anthropomorphically. The actions sometimes require turning the book on its side, all adding to the fun. Flowers sprinkle the end pages. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Children's Literature - Judy DaPolito
When Little Roo starts the day in a grumpy mood, his mother tries everything she can think of to make him smile but nothing works. Not tickling, not tossing him in the air, not popping her head through a hole in a tree trunk, not throwing dried leaves into the air and onto him, not hopping from side to side as she carries him off to find food. But when she slips in the midst of her hops and slides into a mud hole where they are both covered with sloppy brown goo, Little Roo breaks down and smiles broadly at last. Exuberant and colorful illustrations focus on Little Roo and his mother but also include the reactions of a bee, a mouse, and a duck on every page.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Little Roo is not having a good day, even though Mother Kangaroo does all she can to brighten it. Fuge's endearing illustrations not only fill the pages with exuberance but add humor as well. On almost every spread, a mouse and its duckling friend are pictured observing each situation, with the little mouse imitating Roo's activities. Expressive facial features change from Roo's initial grumpiness to a look of surprise and shock to final laughter after slipping in the mud. Excellent use of white space surrounding the "slippity slide" page emphasizes the brown goop of the mud hole. Endpapers are a cheery lime green with pink and purple flowers. While the heartfelt sentiment will probably resonate better with parents than preschoolers, this title is sure to be a favorite with fans of McBratney's Guess How Much I Love You (Candlewick, 1998).-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
McBratney presents another loving parent/child story in this endearing tale of a mother kangaroo's playful attempts to cheer up her grumpy son, Little Roo, and her success in getting him to smile again. Simple but rich text skips across warm, bright, bold and beautiful full-page illustrations perfectly in time with the story, gearing this tale to an animated read-aloud session held on a lap or in a large group. Artful page design utilizes the idea of the kangaroo's natural hopping by including two sections that have a vertical orientation that cleverly mimic the rollicking play and leaps of the mother and joey. This altered orientation provides a nice departure from the usual format and adds to the fun. Heartwarming and certain to tease smiles from even the grumpiest of little jumpers. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062221339
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/27/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 388,062
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam McBratney has been writing children's books for nearly thirty years. His bestselling book Guess How Much I Love You, illustrated by Anita Jeram, has sold more than 16 million copies worldwide and continues to sell a million copies a year. He lives outside of Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Charles Fuge is the illustrator of the Kate Greenaway shortlisted Sometimes I Like to Curl up in a Ball by Vicki Churchill and Yip! Snap! Yap!, which he also wrote. He lives in Dorset, England.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    loved

    My class loved this story. The kangaroo baby 's grumpiness is hysterical!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Wonderful story!

    I love this story. It's sweet & loving with beautiful illustrations. A must have for any family library.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    We LOVE this book!

    We love, Love, LOVE this book! It quickly became one of my son's favorite books when he was about 20 months old. He had it memorized (or rather, I had it memorized and he would grin SO big when I started the opening lines). Now, he's four, still loves the book and even shares it with his younger sister. This is one of my great book gifts for new babies - they may not be ready for it as infants but its a wonderful children's book they'll grow into. The story is cute, the illustrations are beautiful (look for the duck and the mouse on every page). And honestly, I think its better than Guess How Much I Love You.

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