Author: Kitamura, Satoshi
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?
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Booklist - 04/15/2021 In this wonderful story by Kitamura (Me and My Cat? 2020), a young boy is excited to make his first purchase using his own money. He wanders through a busy market, smelling all the delicious treats, admiring the colorful stalls, and pausing at interesting stores like the clock shop. The busy illustrations—created in pen, ink, watercolor, and gouache—feature fine but imprecise line work that gives a childlike quality to scenes sure to resonate with young readers. Yet none of these items is what he wants to buy, so the boy continues to window shop, only to collide with a skateboarder and lose his money down a drain. Suddenly, the color goes out of the illustrations around him, reflecting the boy’s sadness, until he happens upon the Smile Shop. When he enters, color returns, and the shop owner explains that a smile is to be exchanged and shared, not bought. They smile together, and the child leaves happy once more, smiling at everyone he passes, as do they. A lovely reflection on happiness. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.