Smile Cry 
(March 2016, EK Books, $19.99, hard cover, 9781921966989) BUY
(March 2017, EK Books, $14.99, paperback, 9781925335378) BUY 

WINNER, SCBWI Crystal Kite Award, 2017, Australia/New Zealand Region
NOTABLE BOOK, CBCA Book of the Year 2017, Early Childhood

A 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 empathise 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.


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Children will empathize with the tear-jerking calamity of a popped balloon or lost toy, or feel the smiley warmth of a being tickled. - Queensland Times

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.
- Reading Time

Once in a while you come across a book that pulls all the heartstrings, and this is one
- Creative Kids' Tales

Parents and kids can engage in this delightful book … I couldn’t begin to praise Smile/Cry enough and it’s why it gets my TWO TINY THUMBS UP!
- Growing Up Madison

Smile/Cry subtly explores nuances of emotions in a clever way that is meaningful for young children. It is a deceptively simple and beautifully told story.
- Kids' Book Review

Unforgettable. A divinely heartfelt book, chock-full of sweet and savoury sentimental moments. It is a valuable resource for building foundations for sound emotional development. Readers from age three will simply gobble it up at every turn, over and over again.
- Boomerang Books

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