Author(s): Mary Hoffman
The book opens with the question: "How are you feeling today?" And this leads on to a spread by spread presentation of a wide range of feelings, including:
*Happy * Sad * Excited * Bored * Interested * Angry * Upset * Calm * Silly * Lonely * Scared * Safe *Embarrassed * Shy * Confident * Worried * Jealous * Satisfied
The final spread is about Feeling Better because sharing and talking about feelings helps us to feel better.
The approach and design follows The Great Big Book of Families, with lots of different children in lots of different situations, brief text captions and questions and plenty of humour to make sure the book is fun.
Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith look at feelings in family life, at school and everywhere with the same warmth, wit and sensitivity that they brought to their award- winning The Great Big Book of Families.
'Everything about this book is so thoughtfully done; even the topic headings are each given a different and highly appropriate look. A great book for encouraging children to explore and reflect upon a whole range of feelings. It is a must to have in an infant or nursery class as well as being excellent for family browsing.' Red Reading Hub Parents' Lounge feature - 5 positive reviews by parents. Quotes include : 'Easy-to-read yet thought-provoking.' I enjoyed the jovial format that kept my five year olds's attention. Some feelings are hard to describe yet this book captures them beautifully.' 'My son adored this book .When he felt angry the day after reading the book, he went off and drew some pictures of steam coming out of his ears.' 'We had a great discussion around what you can do when you feel angry, instead of hurting other people. Helpful as my three year old struggles with her emotions towards her newborn baby sister.' 'There are lots of things to like about this book not east the illustrations which fill each page.' Green Parent 'Whether describing positive feelings - excitement, happiness and curiosity - or more problematic ones-loneliness, fear and boredom, the written text and lively illustrations are in perfect harmony.' Books for Keeps 'Heart-warming and funny... It's a wonderful book to share at home or at school... Mary Hoffman's sensitive, caring text engages the reader while Ros Asquith's funny illustrations capture the emotions beautifully.' Reading Quest 'A great book to help children understand and express their emotions ... There are characterful illustrations and wonderful humour, making this a fun but informative book.' Juno 'Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith's creative collaboration in words and pictures bring this book to exuberant and colourful life. It is a vibrant and engagingly inventive exploration of feelings, situations, individuals, family, friends and school.' IBBY Link 'Delightfully attractive... An excellent resource.' School Librarian Selected as a top Easter book: 'This well-conceived reminder of how minutely our faces give us away is part portrait gallery, part guided tour. "Interested" is illustrated by little figures asking questions such as: "Where do babies come from?" followed by the urgent enquiry: "Why do we need them?" posed by an indignant toddler. "Silliness" turns out to be a contagion (I adored the leaping granny with the slogan "I feel silly" on her T-shirt). And there is wisdom here too in the Swedish proverb: "A worry often gives a small thing a big shadow."' Guardian online 'Should be in every primary school, every library, every home.' Playing by the Book A book of the month: 'With imaginative and seemingly endless variety, Roz Asquith's illustrations convey how people look while experiencing different emotions while Mary Hoffman's text provides a thoughtful commentary on the feelings that might lie behind the looks. Perfect for children to absorb on their own, this is also a useful as a spur to discussion.' -- Julia Eccleshare LoveReading 'There is so much to like about this important picture book which tackles challenging subjects in such an entertaining way. .. the book also celebrates diversity, showing lots of different children in different situations, and feels very in tune with modern family lifestyles.' Little Parachutes Book of the month: 'Mary Hoffman's simple, sensitive text provides an engaging way in to thinking and talking about our feelings, whilst Ros Asquith's wacky, witty illustrations brilliantly convey each of the different emotions discussed.' Booktrust 'Sensitive and thought-provoking.' Parents in Touch 'If it is anywhere as useful, funny and truthful as primary school stalwart the Great Big Book of Families, it will be worth the wait.' The Bookseller Crow, Families SE 'A terrific book, complemented by quirky and humorous illustrations from Ros Asquith. ... This is an essential book for schools as well as being perfect for families.' -- Marilyn Brocklehurst The Bookseller, Children's Bookseller's Choice
MARY HOFFMAN has written nearly 100 books for children that range from picture books to teenage fiction. Amazing Grace and the other titles featuring the resourceful and imaginative Grace have received enormous critical acclaim and sold 1.5 million copies worldwide. Her other picture books for Frances Lincoln include The Colour of Home and An Angel Just Like Me as well as the hugely successful Great Big Book of Families, illustrated by Ros Asquith, which won the 2011 SLA Information Book Award. Mary lives in rural Oxfordshire with her husband and three Burmese cats. She has three adult daughters who all work in the arts. For more information about Mary, visit her website: www.maryhoffman.co.uk ROS ASQUITH has been a Guardian cartoonist for 20 years, and has written and illustrated over 60 books for young people, including the bestseller The Great Big Book of Families, with Mary Hoffman, the Teenage Worrier series, Letters from an Alien Schoolboy-which was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize- and her debut picture story book It's Not Fairy. She worked as a photographer, designer and teacher before becoming a theatre critic for Time Out and the Observer, and diary writer for the TV Times. Ros lives in north London with her husband and two sons. For more information about Ros, visit her website: www.rosasquith.co.uk