Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day
What You Need to Know:|
• Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day celebrates children and validates the (at least) six hundred
emotions they feel in the course of a day.
• The language in this text is rhyming.
• Here at Sweet on Books we try very hard to find books for you, our readers, that you wouldn't ordinarily find on
your own. We are aware that the Jamie Lee Curtis/Laura Cornell books do not seem to fit into that category, as they
are not hurting for marketing. However, we highlight them in case there are any cynics out there who might dismiss
them as "celebrity" dribble. These books are much too good to pass up.
• Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day is the third Curtis/Cornell collaboration, altogether a winning
group of works by two clearly talented artists.
Sweet Series Background:|
While not really a series, I would like to say a word about the Jamie Lee Curtis/Laura Cornell Books. I am immediately suspicious of "celebrity" children's books, but that is quite unnecessary when it comes to Jamie Lee Curtis' books. These books are really terrific across the board and hold a lot of value for young readers and adults alike. Each book is chuck full of "messages", but they are never, ever, preachy. And each book speaks candidly to children about growing up, young and old, gently and with lots of humor. My youngest child enjoys these books for the humor and language, and my older children can sit quietly with them and enjoy the story or relate them to their own processes of growing up. The Jamie Lee Curtis/Laura Cornell books seem more than an author/illustrator collaboration. I don't think you can have one without the other. The pictures speak as loudly as the words and are a large part of the comedy.
Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods That Make My Day is a candidly funny portrayal of the roller coaster of emotions a young child feels in the course of a day (or even an hour). It goes through the good, the bad, and the ugly. It's message is right on target for a young child, vindicating all those crazy feelings. "I'd rather feel silly, excited or glad than cranky or grumpy, discouraged or sad. But moods are just something that happen each day. Whatever I'm feeling inside is okay!" But while it is validating a big part of a child's life, it is also just an entertaining read. As with most of the Curtis/Cornell books, this would be an excellent read-aloud.
Jamie Lee Curtis
1998, 40 pages
Feelings, Rhyming, Excellent Read-Aloud, Humor