A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Sandra Boynton's funny book about moods teaches youngsters about different feelings and shows cartoon animal faces expressing those emotions. Parents can further engage little ones by having them point to animals who are "sad" and "worried," for example.
Everyone feels sad or angry sometimes, and everyone's mood changes.
Positive Role Models
This cute rhyming book shows different feelings but doesn't have a plot or "characters."
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sandra Boynton's Happy Hippo, Angry Duck has all the cute, engaging qualities that make this author/illustrator's books so appealing to very young children. The animal faces show a range of moods with broad, funny expressions, and the memorable, rhyming language includes just enough nonsense to make little kids laugh. This book teaches them about feelings and moods without actually expressing anything to make children sad, scared, or angry. Although the board book edition is ideal for children to handle themselves, the Kindle version used for this review is simple to navigate and allows adults to enlarge print areas for easy use.
Is It Any Good?
Sandra Boynton's Happy Hippo, Angry Duck is cute, engaging, and endlessly appealing to very young children. The author/illustrator's silly rhymes mixed with bits of nonsense make her books great favorites with little ones, and the expressive, cartoony illustrations show clear emotions while amusing readers. The board-book edition is ideal for children to handle themselves, and the Kindle version used for this review is simple to navigate and allows adults to enlarge print areas for easy reading.
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