Reviews for How Do You Feel?

Booklist Reviews 2012 April #1
The young chimp from Things I Like (1989) and I Like Books (1988) returns in a new concept book, this time about feelings. After asking, "How do you feel?" the chimp describes his range of emotions: happy, sad, curious, guilty, and so on. While the text itself communicates each emotion--using large, bold letters for surprised, a smaller font for lonely, letters that seem to leap up and down for funny, and so forth--it's Browne's brightly colored watercolor-and-gouache illustrations of the expressive chimp that truly convey the animal's feelings best. For example, there's no doubt that the stomping chimp, with its teeth bared, eyes wide, and all those red marks emitting from his head, is angry, or that the yawning chimp drawn only in grayscale is bored. A concluding double-page spread with thumbnail illustrations recaps the emotions, allowing preschoolers, particularly those less verbal, to point out how they are feeling right now. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
Clad in red-cuffed overalls and a grass-green sweater, one of Browne's trademark chimps responds to the title question. Though the premise is familiar, the text brief, and the illustrations spare, the engaging chimp expresses a range of feelings preschoolers will relate to. The final line of text--"How do YOU feel?"--pointedly invites readers to share their own emotions.

Kirkus Reviews 2012 March #2
Emotions are so critical to childhood that there's always room for a bright new book about them. With blue overalls, a green sweater, yellow sneakers and a trademark Browne primate face, this toddler-shaped chimp really catches the eye. He (or perhaps she, skipping the usual girl-markers like long hair) looks up at an unseen speaker, who asks, "How do you feel?" The young chimp demonstrates various feelings: "Sometimes I feel very happy… / and sometimes I feel sad"; sometimes confident, guilty, angry, silly, shy or worried. Browne uses scale, hue, facial expression and minimalist backgrounds to make each watercolor-and-gouache picture fetching in its own way. "[B]ored" shows a black-and-white spread, toys banished to a corner, mouth open in a blasé yawn. "[L]onely" shows young chimp small and far away, isolated in a vast white spread, casting a fragile shadow. On the royal-blue "sad" page, the young chimp gazes miserably out a window while raindrops fall indoors, symbolically. The last three feelings--hungry, full and sleepy--shift from emotional to physical but are certainly relevant. A final spread shows thumbnail reprints for kids to point to and name as they answer the query, "How do YOU feel?" For a younger audience than Browne's brilliantly dark, subtle pieces, this is a hearty, cheerful offering that appropriately refrains from undermining the non-cheerful emotions. (Picture book. 1-4) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 March #3

This deceptively simple book introduces an overalls-clad chimp who evokes a spectrum of emotions as he answers the titular question. Though the minimal text is forthright ("Sometimes I feel very happy... and sometimes I feel sad"), Browne's (Me and You) nuanced watercolor and gouache pictures use body language and other cues to amplify each emotion. Crayon-box colors (temporarily) turn gray for an image of the "bored" chimp, who has abandoned his toys in a corner. Pictured against a blank white backdrop, the "lonely" animal is seen at a fraction of his normal size, hands clasped in front of him. Even the chimp's sneakers appear to smile as he jumps for joy when happy, while his sad persona looks out glumly from a window as rain falls (indoors) and a flower droops. The chimp models 14 emotions and other feelings (like hungry and full) in total, all of which reappear in miniature on a final spread that asks readers directly how they feel, cementing the book's usefulness as a tool to both introduce emotions and encourage discussions of readers' feelings. Ages 3-up. (May)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 March

PreS-K--"How do you feel?" asks an adorable, overall-clad monkey. The cute little primate discusses a range of emotions that children might experience in a variety of situations. Sometimes he is bored or lonely or sad. He also feels happy, curious, or surprised. He can be worried or silly, hungry or full. He is the focal point of each watercolor and gouache painting. His facial expressions, along with the palette and design of the illustrations, reflect the appropriate emotion. For example, the text, "and sometimes I feel lonely" appears on a spread of white space broken up only by a small image of the frowning monkey standing alone. He feels guilty as he stands beside a drawing on the wall, a pencil concealed behind his back. At the end of the book, the monkey asks, "How do YOU feel?" Miniatures of each preceding illustration reiterate all the feelings introduced. Although this book provides a comprehensive introduction to positive and negative emotions, the presentation is somewhat flat. As the sole character, the monkey does not interact with friends or family. He deals with his feelings on his own. For a more engaging selection, try Janan Cain's The Way I Feel (Parenting, 2000) or Aliki's Feelings (Greenwillow, 1984).--Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA

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