Fitzhenry and Whiteside (2017)
Reviewed by Scout Stone (age 11) for Readers Views (8/18)
“Smiley: A Journey of Love” by Joanne George is a great book for children ages six through ten. They can learn so much from this book. I have learned that even if you aren’t like everyone else, you can still do great things. My favorite part of the book was when Smiley had his surgery to help with his face and the difference that it made in his life.
This book has captured Smiley’s story in many pictures that describe exactly what he did in his life. The pictures are very clear and vivid. George has included many, many pictures in her book, with at least two pictures on each page. Many pictures help little children understand any story better. Some of these pictures go along with quotes, such as “Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you.” -Nathaniel Hawthorne. Next to the quote will be a picture of Smiley with a butterfly on his forehead. George has gotten many different quotes from many different people. From a painter like Pablo Picasso, to someone blind like Hellen Keller.
Smiley has visited people who have a disability or people who just need a friend, inspiring many people to do the same. Smiley has even inspired celebrities such as Cesar Millan. Putting this in a book will continue to inspire people in the future.
“Smiley: A Journey of Love” by Joanne George is a great story that will inspire people everywhere. I recommend it to kids ages six through ten. With many great pictures that describe exactly what Smiley went through. There are quotes, and some of them along with the pictures. Quotes from many people like Aesop, Anita Roddick, Alexander the Great, and William Arthur Ward.