By Sandra Boynton. New York: Little Simon, 2011.
Sandra Boynton is my go-to author when I'm looking for books to read at my baby storytime. Her rhymes and pictures are cute, and they make me smile like a happy, drooly baby (without the drool, of course). She doesn't disappoint with her new board book. This book is about different moods - happy, sad, angry - and explains that no matter what you're feeling it's okay. The book begins by cheerily asking "Hello, Little Person! How ARE you today? Is your mood quite terrific or only okay?" Don't you feel reassured it will be okay? "Are you happy as a hippo? Or angry as a duck?" The book continues this wonderful read-aloud rhyme comparing moods with animals, and ends with the positive message: "Well, I hope you are happy. But if you are not, you have friends who will help you. We like you a lot." You can't see it, but I'm beaming. This book makes me smile, because the message is simple and loving delivered in a cute way that toddlers will gobble up (well, it is a board book, and they do like to chew on things). I'm positive this book will make you happy too, unless you are like the angry duck in this story, "he's always this way." We all know someone like that! So, if you have a baby, know a baby, need a present for a baby, or secretly you enjoy cute, rhyming books (I won't judge), go get this book! You may find your mood greatly improved.