Book Review: Happyface by: Stephen Emond


Rating: 4/5 

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Publish Date: June 14, 2011

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Just put on a happy face!

Cute girls dig him. He even has his own fan club. But he wasn't always this awesome. He used to be Mr. Comic Book, a resident of Lonelyland. So when he switched schools, he slapped on a grin and went from big nerd to big shot. Meet Happyface. This is his story.

Enter Happyface's journal and get a peek into the life of a shy, artistic boy who decides to reinvent himself as a happy-go-lucky guy after he moves to a new town. See the world through his hilariously self-deprecating eyes as he learns to shed his comic-book-loving, computer-game playing ways. Join him as he makes new friends, tries to hide from his past, and ultimately learns to face the world with a genuine smile. With a fresh and funny combination of text and fully integrated art, Happyface is an original storytelling experience.


Review: Happyface is definitely a different (in a good way) book about trying to reinvent yourself and your past catching up with you. Written in journal style, with great illustrations, you learn about Happyface and his life. But not all of it - like any journal, there are details blurred and left out. Reading Happyface felt like I was reading someone's real journal and seeing the world through their eyes. Happyface has an interesting perspective on life and what is important to him. I think older teens of either gender will enjoy this creative and unusual book.

Books by this Author: Happyface (1), Winter Town (2)


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