Ups and Downs: A Book of Emotions (Hardcover)

Ups and Downs: A Book of Emotions By Mike Wohnoutka, Mike Wohnoutka (Illustrator) Cover Image

Ups and Downs: A Book of Emotions (Hardcover)

By Mike Wohnoutka, Mike Wohnoutka (Illustrator)


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In a feel-good concept book, the Geisel Award–winning illustrator of See the Cat gives young children a vocabulary for naming—and managing—their emotions.

From delight to disgust, excitement to fear, worry to confidence, boredom to curiosity, feelings can shift in a heartbeat. Mike Wohnoutka’s simple words and tender, nuanced illustrations follow three young children as they traverse emotional highs and lows over the course of a school day. The wide spectrum of emotions covered—far beyond happy and sad—invites readers to share their own contradictory, unpredictable, ever-present feelings. Vetted by an expert in the science of children’s emotions, this day in the inner life of three kids encourages first steps toward emotional literacy and is a satisfying narrative that ends with the adorable trio converging after school in the park—ready for play!
Mike Wohnoutka is the author-illustrator of So Big!, the Croc & Turtle books, and Dad's First Day. He has illustrated more than thirty acclaimed books for children, including the Geisel Award winner See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog and its sequels, as well as How to Apologize, all written by David LaRochelle. Mike Wohnoutka lives in Minnesota.
Product Details ISBN: 9781536227376
ISBN-10: 1536227374
Publisher: Candlewick
Publication Date: September 19th, 2023
Pages: 32
Language: English
Children will feel reassured to have their own emotions validated, perhaps under circumstances they’ve experienced, and to note that the book ends happily. The soft gouache illustrations are comforting; occasional onomatopoeic words add dramatic interest to scenes. . . . Young readers will feel good about this book that mirrors everyday experiences.
—Kirkus Reviews

The text, primarily a series of descriptive, somewhat sophisticated single words, is expanded by gouache illustrations that humorously and thoughtfully convey the story.

This very simple book is illustrated with [Wohnoutka’s] trademark fun and funny gouache paintings, with no more than one or two words on each page. It's perfect for very young children, who will identify — and sympathize — with the rapidly changing emotions of the characters.
—The Star Tribune