The Smile Shop
Critically-acclaimed author-illustrator Satoshi Kitamura (Hat Tricks) celebrates the value of human connection in this hopeful picture book about the effect of a smile shared between people.
A small boy has saved all his pocket money and visits the market with high expectations. When disaster strikes and he loses his money, he feels very devastated. But wait, what’s that? A Smile Shop? He could really do with a smile. What will happen if he goes in?
Featuring charming, classic illustrations reminiscent of Maurice Sendak and Tomie dePaola, Satoshi Kitamura’s The Smile Shop is an absorbing setting for readers to explore themes of independence, self-worth, and the effect of a smile shared between people.
Publication Date: 4/1/2021
Page Count: 32
Size: 9″ x 10-1/4″
Age Range: 4 – 8
Age Range: 4 – 8
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Themes: Happiness, Disapointment, Adjusted Expectations, Community
BISAC 1: JUV039050 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
BISAC 2: JUV039090 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / New Experience
BISAC 3: JUV039220 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Values & Virtues
“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
“[A] wonderful story… The busy illustrations…feature fine but imprecise line work that give a childlike quality to scenes sure to resonate with young readers…. A lovely reflection on happiness.” —Booklist
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Meet the Author/Illustrator
Satoshi Kitamura is an award-winning children’s picture book author and illustrator. As a child, he drew constantly and devoured comics. A self-taught artist, his career began in advertising and magazines before he moved to London, where he debuted as a picture book illustrator with Hiawyn Oram’s Angry Arthur, a 1983 Mother Goose Award-winner for the Most Exciting Newcomer to British Illustration. Since then, he has illustrated over twenty of his own books, plus collaborated on many others.