Sunday, July 21, 2019

Review - You Are My Happy

You Are My Happy
by Hoda Kotb
illustrated by Suzie Mason
Date: 2019
Publisher: HarperCollins
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

From Hoda Kotb, the Today show co-anchor and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of I’ve Loved You Since Forever, comes a book about gratitude for the things in life—both big and small—that bring us happiness.

As mama bear and her cub cuddle together before closing their eyes for a good night’s sleep, they reflect on the everyday wonders of life that make them happy.

Inspired by her own nighttime routine with her daughter, Haley Joy, Kotb creates another beautiful treasure for parents and children to enjoy together. With charming and lush illustrations from bestselling artist Suzie Mason, this soothing yet playful lullaby explores the simple joy of taking a moment to be grateful.

Perfect for fans of Ainsley Earhardt, Kelly Clarkson, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Jimmy Fallon’s books for children.

(synopsis from Goodreads)

I read I've Loved You Since Forever, the other book by this duo, last year. I don't think I like You Are My Happy quite as much. The writing isn't as strong (the use of the word "for" at the beginning of each sentiment is awkward), and I didn't feel very engaged with the text.

However, it would be a nice book to read together for winding down before bedtime. The illustrations are cute and appealing, and there are plenty of adorable animals to look at.

Premise: 3/5
Meter: 3/5
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 4/5

Enjoyment: 3/5

Overall: 3.29 out of 5

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