Kristen Balouch, Little Simon, $6.99 (14p) ISBN 978-1-4424-1199-9
Familiar animals convey common emotions through body language and facial expressions. A lion's frown, curled-in tail, and droopy mane communicate his sadness ("Lion can't find his friends. Lion feels SAD"), while a crocodile with a sly smile is feeling sneaky about planning a surprise. A shy giraffe stoops low, eyes looking downward, but a happy elephant squirts himself with water, getting ready to see his friends. The final spread has the lion smiling, his friends surrounding him with party hats: "Party Time! Now everyone feels EXCITED!" Vivid colors, relatable examples, and a compact trim size should appeal to toddlers. Ages 1–4. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 02/07/2011
Release date: 04/01/2011
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