Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day

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Today I feel silly. Mom says it's the heat.
I put rouge on the cat and gloves on my feet.
I ate noodles for breakfast and pancakes at night.
I dressed like a star and was quite a sight.

Today I am sad, my mood's heavy and gray.
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Overview

Today I feel silly. Mom says it's the heat.
I put rouge on the cat and gloves on my feet.
I ate noodles for breakfast and pancakes at night.
I dressed like a star and was quite a sight.

Today I am sad, my mood's heavy and gray.
There's a frown on my face and it's been there all day.
My best friend and I had a really big fight.
She said that I tattled and I know that she's right.

Silly, cranky, excited, or sad--everyone has moods that can change each day. Jamie Lee Curtis's zany and touching verse, paired with Laura Cornell's whimsical and original illustrations, helps kids explore, identify, and, even have fun with their ever-changing moods.

Here's another inspired picture book from the bestselling author-illustrator team of Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born and When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth.

A child's emotions range from silliness to anger to excitement, coloring and changing each day.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fans of Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born and When I Was Little may be disappointed in this third offering from the talented duo, which looks at the wide range of human emotions. A dynamic girl describes a different "feeling" per day--13 in all--and the ways in which each manifests itself ("Today I feel silly./ Mom says it's the heat./ I put rouge on the cat/ and gloves on my feet"). Curtis relays her upbeat message ("Moods are just something that happen each day./ Whatever I'm feeling inside is okay!") in verse that is largely sprightly, but doesn't always reflect the changes in mood that occur during the course of the day the girl describes. For example, "Today I am quiet, my mom understands./ She gave me two ice creams and then we held hands./ We went to the movies and then had a bite./ I cried just a little and then felt all right," suggests a variety of feelings other than simply "quiet." Occasionally rhyming couplets take the facile route ("Today I'm discouraged and frustrated--see?/ I tried Rollerblading and fell on my knee"), and the repetitive, driving rhythm doesn't allow the words to soar the way the illustrations do. The puckish artwork, still vintage Cornell, stars a curly red-headed girl whose near-neon surroundings (hot pink, lime green, fiery orange) change in intensity according to the emotion she expresses. A "mood wheel" (for readers to hone in their feelings) rounds out this amiable enough outing that, despite its missteps, may get readers talking about their own emotional swings. Ages 4-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Tina Hudak
The main character in this picture book takes the reader along on an emotional roller coaster from happy to down right miserable. She tells about days when, "I did my first solo in hip-hop and jazz. This day's been so great that I am full of pizzazz," and days when, "Today my mood's bad. I feel grumpy and mean. I picked up my room. It still isn't clean." Just about every feeling that can be felt by a young child is highlighted, such as silliness, confusion, envy, joy, embarrassment, loneliness and more! The reader is asked at the end of the story, "How do YOU feel today?" A Mood Wheel lets kids manipulate the eyes and mouth to show their feeling. Cartoon-like watercolors fill the pages in washes of bright hues. This is a perfect book that can be used in Pre-School and Elementary school settings to explore children's feelings and how they express them. Another successful collaboration between the author and illustrator of Tell Me Again about the Night I Was Born.
Kirkus Reviews
The young narrator is a mood factory: one day silly, the next sad, then bouncing back with a joyful outlook. For the most part, the girl's briskly versified explanations for her moods are reactive. She is angry when her feelings are hurt after being snubbed, sad when she and her friend have a fight, confused by the prospects of a sibling, frustrated by failed attempts to rollerblade, encouraged by success at knitting. Curtis (Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born, also illustrated by Cornell, 1996) smartly includes a couple of moods—quiet, grumpy, that have no obvious source, moods that perplex and even scare children, who need to know just how okay they are:
Today I am quiet, my mom understands./She gave me two ice creams and then we held hands./We went to the movies and then had a bite./I cried just a little and then felt all right.


Cornell's illustrations are a splash of candy colors, as expressive and inviting as the text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060245603
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 72,029
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD250L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 11.24 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis has had many firsts: her first (and only) marriage to Christopher Guest, her first time holding her children, Annie and Tom, her first time pretending to be a customer in an episode of Quincy, and her first time she wrote words that became her first book. She lives in Los Angeles, the first city she ever lived in, and is always first in line, first to arrive, first to leave, and first to sleep.

Laura Cornell lives in New York City with her daughter, Lily (first and only), but they spend much time in California, Laura's first state in her first home. She was asked to illustrate Jamie's first book, and that became ten. Lucky is the first word that comes to mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2003

    Excellent book

    I love this book!!! My two and 1/2 year old has every word memorized! It is definately her favorite book, and she can tell the difference in her feelings. I highly recommend it even for two year olds.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2007

    A great and realistic book

    I knew when I bought this book that it would make my son laugh. He exhibits every mood that is in this book and when we read it together I comment to him about his own emotions. This is a great book and it actually gets a child to behave a bit better when they hear how 'silly' it is to get mad or sad about something 'silly.'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2004

    Perfect 'ice breaker' for starting conversations with your preschooler about feelings

    My family had been under quite a bit of stress recently. My husband's job promotion required us to relocate over 300 miles away from extended family; therefore this move was bittersweet. And, shortly after we were adjusting to our new home, our dog was run over by a car and killed instantly. These two major changes in the lives of two small children, 2 and 4 year-old, stirred up a variety of feelings and moods that we needed to talk about. My husband and I are so greatful that this wonderful book, 'TODAY I FEEL SILLY...' was recommended to read with our children in our trusted, handy, little 'parenting survival guide' appropriately called THE POCKET PARENT. Ms. Curtis explains that everyone has feelings that can change each day, from silly to angry to sad to glad. My kids love the fun verse and the lively illustrations that clearly demonstrate it's OK to have all kinds of feeings. The kids especially enjoy taking turns changing the facial expressions of the charcters on the mood-wheel to match how they are feeling at the moment. We identify the good and bad feelings with the correct word as they come up. I was amazed when my 2-year-old made a very unhappy face and blurted out, 'I sad Mommy, miss Grandma.' This book helps us acknowledge and talk further about our feelings when necessary. We highly recommend this book as well as 'The Pocket Parent' to help address your concerns relating to young children in just the right way.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2002

    35 yr old woman loves it

    I loved this book. After having bought it for my four year old niece, I bought a copy for myself. I animatedly read it a couple of times a month. I even read it to my aunt who is 50 and she loved it. Great book for all ages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 1999

    A 'must-have' for children.

    My 3 1/2 year old daughter checked out this book from our local library last month. She keeps asking, 'Mommy, will you read me the 'Silly' book again?' Recently while visiting with Santa at the mall, he asked, 'What would you like Santa to bring you for Christmas?' Her reply was the 'Silly' book. She will definitely find this book under the Christmas tree. This was a book that I enjoyed reading to my daughter as much as she enjoyed hearing it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2000

    Mother of two in Nebraska

    My 3 year old daughter loves this book. We read it all the time because it helps her to express her emotions and feelings. My daughter is at the age where she doesn't know how to talk about her moods and this book allows her to say 'Hey, I felt like that today!' She also loves the pictures and at the end of the book dialing the face is really neat for her. Wonderful book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 29, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Silly, Fun, and one you will read and reread with all your children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    A winner

    This is my daughter's new favorite book!

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Like this book

    My grandson loves the books by Jamie Lee Curtis. She seems to capture the spirit of being a child and engage both parents and children in the books. I bought this for a gift to complete his collection

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    My best choice for a book to read to my grandaughter.

    I got this for my grandaughter and she loves it. It mimics her life and she thinks the book was writen about her. I would recommend this to any one with an above 2yr old child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2009

    My moody dramatic granddaughter loved it!

    This was perfect book for all the little drama queen girls in your life. The story and the illustration are both excellent. My granddaughter specially liked the pick a mood "spinner"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2009

    My daughter's new favorite book

    I bought this book with 5 others for my 3 year old book. From the moment my daughter saw the cover she fell in love with it. We have read it every night since we received it a couple of weeks ago. I heard Jamie Lee Curtis' kids books were great and I wanted to read for myself. We are definately going to be adding more of her books to my daughters collection.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    She's always a hit

    I have given this book to several young ladies (6 and up to teen) and they have all loved it. The young ones love the pictures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2002

    Perfect "ice breaker" for starting conversations with your preschooler about feelings

    My family had been under quite a bit of stress recently. My husband's job promotion required us to relocate over 300 miles away from extended family; therefore this move was bittersweet. And, shortly after we were adjusting to our new home, our dog was run over by a car and killed instantly. These two major changes in the lives of two small children, 2 and 4 year-old, stirred up a variety of feelings and moods that we needed to talk about. My husband and I are so greatful that this wonderful book, "TODAY I FEEL SILLY..." was recommended to read with our children in our trusted, handy, little "parenting survival guide" appropriately called THE POCKET PARENT. Ms. Curtis explains that everyone has feelings that can change each day, from silly to angry to sad to glad. My kids love the fun verse and the lively illustrations that clearly demonstrate it's OK to have all kinds of feeings. The kids especially enjoy taking turns changing the facial expressions of the charcters on the mood-wheel to match how they are feeling at the moment. We identify the good and bad feelings with the correct word as they come up. I was amazed when my 2-year-old made a very unhappy face and blurted out, "I sad Mommy, miss Grandma." This book helps us acknowledge and talk further about our feelings when necessary. We highly recommend this book as well as "The Pocket Parent" to help address your concerns relating to young children in just the right way.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2000

    Loved it for 2 years running

    I never tire of reading this book to my 5 year old niece and my 11 mth old niece. We bought this when the oldest was 3 and she still loves it. As I read the book, I love watching my niece's expression change to match the mood change in the book. And of course, after we've read the book, we spend time turning the mood wheel in the back while she talks about times she's felt the mood. It's great bonding for us! The illustrations are great too! There are many things to point out and discuss in the illustrations. We love it.

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