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Happy Hippo, Angry Duck: A Book of Moods    by Sandra Boynton order for
Happy Hippo, Angry Duck
by Sandra Boynton
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2011 (2011)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

In her latest board book Sandra Boynton looks at moods and moodiness. In classic Boynton rhyme and with her captivating animal characters, the author/illustrator showcases a variety of moods.

'Hello, Little Person! How are you today? Is your mood quite terrific or only okay? Are you grumpy as a moose? Or excited as a dog? Worried as a rabbit? Contented as a frog?'

After a series of questions like these with the corresponding cartoon characters reflecting their feelings on their visages, we finally reach the important message Boynton wants to convey.

'Well, I hope you are happy. But if you are not, you have friends who will help you. We like you a lot. And a difficult mood is not here to stay. Everyone's moods will change day to day. Unless you're that duck. He's always this way.'

Although the target audience is supposedly children between the ages of one and five, this is a picture book that adults will also enjoy. If I were still teaching, I would have a copy of this on my desk and share it on a regular basis with both my students and colleagues!

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