Get Happy

Malachy Doyle, illus. by Caroline Uff. Walker, $15.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8027-2271-3
With contents as authoritative as its title, this picture book pairs positive behaviors with less desirable ones. "Squabble less," writes Doyle, as a pair of children, presumably siblings, fight over a stuffed bear. "Share more!" appears opposite, as the same couple splits a bag of candy (even the bear looks pleased). Other basic pairings follow ("Sniffle less./ Snuggle more!/ Grumble less./ Giggle more!"), as Uff portrays the siblings and a wider cast of children in alternately cheery and antagonistic scenes. If the book doesn't have much use for kids' more selfish inclinations, it provides a roadmap to a less fraught home life—for kids willing to follow its advice. Ages 3–6. (June)
Reviewed on: 05/02/2011
Release date: 06/01/2011
Genre: Children's
Library Binding - 32 pages - 978-0-8027-2295-9
Board Books - 1 pages - 978-0-8027-3478-5
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