The Smile Shop: A Timely Story of Community from Author-Illustrator Satoshi Kitamura
The Smile Shop
by Satoshi Kitamura
A small boy has saved all his pocket money and visits the market to buy himself something for the very first time. The busy market is filled with shops and stalls where he can buy pies, clocks, boats, books, and more until… Oh no! A trip and fall sends his money down the drain! With only one coin left, the devastated boy is sure he won’t be able to buy anything now. But wait, what’s that? A Smile Shop? He could really do with a smile, although he doesn’t really feel like smiling right now. What will happen if he goes in?
Featuring charming, classic illustrations reminiscent of Maurice Sendak and Tomie dePaola, critically acclaimed author-illustrator Satoshi Kitamura’s (Hat Tricks) offerse an absorbing setting for readers to explore themes of independence, self-worth, and the simple but lasting effect of a smile shared between people. In the age of masks, isolation, and infrequent smiles shared in-person, this timely and hopeful picture book celebrates the value in human connection.
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“Told in the first person, the boy’s narrative features evocative language that conveys his experiences as he takes in the sights, smells, and temptations of the shops…. Simple illustrations brimming with eye-catching details are stylistically reminiscent of Uri Shulevitz with a dash of Tomie dePaola. The classic, subdued palette perfectly complements the boy’s journey… A satisfyingly—and deceptively—simple tale about sincere pleasures in hectic times.” —Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
Share The Smile Shop with those who make you smile when this story of community arrives April 1st at your local library, indie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble, and be sure to check out the rest of our brand-new picture books and middle grade and YA titles coming to Peachtree this season!