REVIEW: The Smile Shop

The Smile Shop
Author & Illustrator: Satoshi Kitamura
Illustrator: Woodrow White
Peachtree Publishing
Ages 4-8

Like the boy, we the readers find what we need inside. Highly recommend.

I can’t tell you what it is that makes The Smile Shop seem like a book my mother might have read to me. Perhaps it is its appealing, wholesome quality. Maybe it is the sweet message. It might be the setting, which is somehow out of time. Whatever the cause, the result is that The Smile Shop is likely to be an instant classic, a terrific read for home and school alike.

A young boy has saved up his pocket money and is going to market to buy himself something for the very first time, but he has a hard time deciding what to get. He, and the reader, enjoy the sights and smells of the crowded marketplace. Each page offers a multitude of things to look at. Adult readers will need to be patient as their young listeners pore over the pictures.

When the boy loses his money, he finds himself outside The Smile Shop. Hopeful that he will find what he needs inside, he enters.

Is this a smile shop?
Do they sell smiles in here

A smile is probably what I need,
although I don’t feel like smiling…

Like the boy, we the readers find what we need inside. Highly recommend.

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My thanks to Peachtree Publishing for providing a Review Copy of this book. All opinions provided herein are my own.

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