Smile Cry: Happy or sad, wailing or glad – how do you feel today?

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A fun, flip-over picture book for children that reads from both front and back. Smile Cry is an innovative picture book for young kids, showcasing the full emotional range of their formative years.

Readers’ follow three adorable characters — piglet, bunny and cat — as they react emotionally to a variety of events and circumstances from everyday life.

It’s the little things that touch the hearts of children the most, and Smile Cry typifies both the small joys and challenges that are the essence of childhood.

The clever ‘flip book’ format means that the ‘Smile’ story reads from front to back, while the ‘Cry’ story reads from back to front, with both delicious narratives meeting in the middle. A heartfelt picture book that will be treasured for years, Smile Cry is perfect for ages 3 and upwards.

SPECIFICATIONS: Hardcover | 215 x 288 mm / 8 ½ x 11 ¼ Inches | 32 Pages | Colour |

Tania McCartney is an award-winning author, illustrator and editor, and the founder of literary site Kids’ Book Review and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge.

Jess Racklyeft was selected for Luerzer’s Archive 200 Best Illustrators of the World 2013/2014. She works with card companies, US-based agency Astound, and sells prints of her artworks.

A fun, flip-over picture book for children that reads from both front and back. Smile Cry is an innovative picture book for young kids, showcasing the full emotional range of their formative years. Readers’ follow three adorable characters — piglet, bunny and cat — as they react emotionally to a variety of events and circumstances from everyday life. From an ‘ate all the pies’ smile to an ‘ice-cream plopping down cry’; from a ‘cosy under blanket smile’ to a ‘need a band-aid quick cry’, children will empathize with the tear-jerking calamity of a popped balloon or lost toy, or feel the smiley warmth of a being tickled. It’s the little things that touch the hearts of children the most, and Smile Cry typifies both the small joys and challenges that are the essence of childhood.

Younger kids will respond to the soft whimsical illustrations, while older readers will learn more about the range of their emotions — how it’s possible to cry with happiness and also smile with trepidation. The clever ‘flip book’ format means that the ‘Smile’ story reads from front to back, while the ‘Cry’ story reads from back to front, with both delicious narratives meeting in the middle. A heartfelt picture book that will be treasured for years, Smile Cry is perfect for ages 3 and upwards.

Scan Magazine (Department of Education and Training), August 2017
“supports children developing the skills to comprehend, short, predictable texts on familiar topics…can be a stimulus in the teaching of writing, encouraging students to compose or retell their own similar stories” – Click here to read full review.


Armadillo Reviews, March 2017
“This picture book is sure to make you smile with its gorgeous illustrations and playful text. We’d highly recommend it.”


Educating Young People, March 2017
“…a wonderful book about feelings…ideal for use with kindergarten aged children”


Reading Time Online, January 2017
“This sweet-as-pie book quickly became a favourite in our household. It’s fabulous for little tots learning to understand and cope with the various shades of happy and sad (such as an “ate all the pies smile” or a “tutu in the wash cry”) they can experience. Presented in flip-the-book format, the story explores these nuances of emotions through the lovable characters piglet, bunny and cat.”


Creative Kids Tales, November 2016
“Once in a while you come across a book that pulls all the heartstrings, and this is one … Congratulations to Tania McCartney and Jess Racklyeft on their contribution to the wonderful body of Australian Children’s Literature that we are blessed to have in this country.”


School Days, September 2016
“typifies both the small joys and challenges that are the essence of childhood”


Parenting Place Magazine, March 2016
“Read it front-to-back and back-to-front, this gorgeous, heartfelt picture book explores a variety of children’s emotions from an ‘ate all the pies’smile to an ‘ice-creamplopping down cry” 


Growing Up Madison, March 2016
“I couldn’t begin to praise Smile/Cry enough and it’s why it gets my TWO TINY THUMBS UP!”


NC Teacher Stuff, February 2016
“With sweet illustrations and insightful observations, Smile Cry will spark a slew of connections with young readers”

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eBook ePub, eBook Mobi, Hardback + eBook ePub, Paperback + eBook ePub, Paperback, Hardback

Queensland Times, June 2017
“Children will empathize with the tear-jerking calamity of a popped balloon or lost toy, or feel the smiley warmth of a being tickled.” – Click here to read.

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