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Smile, Lily!
Fleming, Candace.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [2004]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
Family elders try everything to stop baby Lily from crying, but only her little brother knows exactly what to do.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.5 0.5 77218.
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J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Lily won't stop crying.Waa! Waa! Waa!Lily won't stop crying.Oh, who knows what to do?Mother? Father? Grandma?Who?Who?Who?

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. Lily wakes up crying. . . .Who knows what to do? Mommy says, I do, but her crooning and soothing have no effect on fussy baby Lily, so Daddy tries, then Grandma, Grandpa, and Uncle--all to no avail. Heo creatively applies her strong graphic sense to convey the tyrannical force of a baby's vocal chords: Lily often appears as a wide-mouthed giant dwarfing the adults around her, and the compositions, unmoored from basic rules of perspective, suggest a household in infant-assisted disarray. Children will respond to the saturated nursery colors and stylized figures as well as Fleming's simple, rhythmic text with its repeated wails, Waa! Waa! Waa! in successively larger type, which invites children to ham it up. Older siblings will enjoy the empowering ending, in which Lily's big brother confidently intervenes, cracks a grin, and elicits a smile from his little sis. Pair it with Frieda Wishinsky's Oonga Boonga (1999), another tale about an older sibling's special touch with a seemingly inconsolable baby. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Waa! Waa! Waa! Lily keeps on crying. Oh, who knows what to do?" The strategies of Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa and Uncle each prove ineffective (Grandma changes Lily's diaper, then nibbles her granddaughter's feet and declares she smells "delicious"). Just when matters look desperate (" `Call the doctor!' Mommy panics... Grandma says a little prayer"), newly minted Lily's big brother, who's been calmly watching the futile attempts, solves the problem. He tiptoes up to the baby and flashes her a big smile. "And with everybody smiling," writes Fleming (Muncha Muncha Muncha), "Lily smiles too!" The familiar story of sibling empowerment becomes fresh and quirky given Heo's (Henry's First-Moon Birthday) exuberant mixed-media collages and graphic sensibility. Her na?f-styled family inhabits a bright but definitely off-kilter world, where decorative motifs run riot and scale and gravity are fluid concepts; sometimes the characters swirl around the bawling Lily like anxious bees buzzing an uncooperative flower. It's a nifty visual translation of the way a cranky baby can turn an entire household topsy-turvy. Ages 3-7. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Baby Lily is inconsolable. One by one, each member of her family tries to stop her tears with lullabies, tickles, a diaper change, food, and toys. However, the refrain points up each one's failure to comfort the tot: "But Lily keeps on crying. Waa! Waa! Waa! Lily keeps on crying. Oh, who knows what to do?" Finally her brother smiles his biggest smile and in the cozy ending, Lily grins back at him. The bouncy, rhythmic text begs to be read aloud, and the artwork is a perfect match. Done in oils, pencil, and collage, the illustrations are filled with Heo's familiar bright colors, and the playful shapes, forms, and details leap off the pages. Each spread plays with perspective and offers surprising views of the action and characters. Frieda Wishinsky's Oonga Boonga (Dutton, 1999) portrays a similar situation but lacks the verve of Smile, Lily! This satisfying, buoyant picture book will appeal to beginning readers as well as to storytime groups or during one-on-one sharing.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.