Up Up Up Down by Kimberly Gee, 2019 Penguin/Putnam
This cutie was featured in The New York Times!
“Opposites loom large for babies, and Gee brings the concept to adorable life. Her action-packed visual vignettes refreshingly feature a brown-skinned baby and caretaker dad who dramatize the obvious (‘no’ and ‘yes’) and the more subtle (‘yay’ and ‘uh oh’). Her touch is feather-light, with many telling details to spot.”- NYTimes, May 26, 2019
And from Publisher Weekly's Shelftalker: "I also really like Up, Up, Up Down! by Kimberly Gee, a perfect book for toddlers. Its depiction of simple one-word movements and experiences are augmented by excellent visual cues to expand understanding. The illustrations have a great warmth to them as well."
Kirkus (March 1, 2019) says..."A fresh take on opposites and routines for the very young."
This little guy is mad, but I'm thrilled that he has a home at Beach Lane Books/ Simon and Schuster!
Bear has MORE feelings, so Glad, Glad Bear! and Sad, Sad Bear! will be coming up in 2020 and 2021!
Kirkus STARRED review (8/1/18) says: Why is Bear so mad? Readers first encounter Bear in his bedroom, scowling. A flashback (unusual in picture books) explains that he's mad because he "was the first one to have to leave the park for a nap." The accompanying art shows Bear being led off the recto and looking back longingly at other cubs on a playground. The text then explains that he tripped and "got an owie on the way home. And then he had to take off his boots and leave his favorite stick outside." This understated, sympathetic text is extended and enhanced by Gee's expressive, downright cuddly art, which evokes something of Kevin Henkes' later style, with a dash of Marla Frazee's emotive prowess. A zoomed-in portrait of Bear's pouting face against a dark background brings readers back to the time of the opening spread and reads "Bear thinks it is all no fair." This may bring to mind really, really angry Sophie and her blazing close-up in Molly Bang's famous title. Bear's ensuing tantrum alone in his room might make some wonder where his mother is (it was she who led him off the playground), but she soon reappears to give him lunch and tuck him in for a much-needed nap. When Bear awakens, he's ready to play outside, refreshed and, like angry Sophie before him, no longer mad. Good, good book! (Picture book. 2-5)
And from Booklist 10/15/2018: Gee's spare uncomplicated prose nicely captures both his escalating frustrations and the de-escalating process. Simply rendered illustrations, featuring soft, rounded figures and a warm palette, primarily keep the focus on Bear, and Gee's careful line strokes masterfully convey his various feelings and accompanying behaviors. Gee's relatable, insightful, and supportive story effectively portrays not only the intensity of some bad (and mad) moods, but also, reassuringly, that they'll pass.
School Library Journal (10/2018): A young bear becomes extremely upset as he remembers how his mother made him leave the park while everyone else got to stay and have fun. After tripping on the sidewalk, he then “had to take off his boots and leave his favorite stick outside.” Oh, the injustice of it all! Alone in his room, the toddler has a full-blown tantrum, pushes over a chair, and sends his teddy bear flying. Once his fury is spent, the cub begins to relax. After lunch and a nap, he is recharged and ready to play outside again. The black Prismacolor and digitally colored illustrations have clear clean lines and portray a toddler still in diapers—as evidenced by the snaps on his pants—who has a meltdown. The fact that this very young bear was able to calm himself down and let the anger go is an important lesson in this charming episode. VERDICT Pair this with Molly Bang’s When Sophie Gets Angry– Really, Really Angry to introduce another method of dealing with anger and finding peace.–Maryann H. Owen, Oak Creek Public Library WI
Author: Boni Ashburn Illustrator: Kimberly Gee
(STARRED REVIEW! Kirkus)
An original take on the first-day-of-school theme follows the 20 students that make up the titular kindergarten class as they get ready in the morning. Ashburn and Gee do their best to be inclusive in every way—from the kids' skin tones, ethnicities, and hairstyles to their personalities and behaviors.
Gee’s delightful tots… (capture) each personality, and readers are sure to find at least one kid with whom they can identify. A reassuring peek that will assuage children's fears about their own first days and their classmates. (Picture book. 4-7)
(STARRED REVIEW! Publisher’s Weekly)
Gee (Today with Meg and Ted) turns in some excellent work, strongly evoking personalities for each of the children through body language, eccentric clothing choices, and a bevy of homey details that will resonate with a broad range of readers. Indeed, the book’s biggest strength is its subtle recognition of difference...
by Kimberly Gee
TODAY WITH MEG AND TED captures the wonder that toddlers feel about everything they see and do- because everything is new!
Today is a good day…to read this sweet, beautiful book!