Happy Right Now (Hardcover) (Signed Copy)
I'll be happy when
I get a puppy,
an ice-cream sundae,
and a castle, with a friendly dragon.
Or, I can be happy right now.
Happy Right Now brings a much-needed message to kids: it's great to feel happy, but it's okay to feel sad sometimes too.
Dealing with emotions can be hard. Children experience the same range of strong feelings as adults, but often don't have the tools to deal with them. For children ages 4 to 8, Happy Right Now teaches about emotional intelligence with fun, relatable imagery and clever rhymes.
Award-winning author Julie Berry brings a playful bounce to the important lesson that kids don't need to wait for fantastic gifts, school vacations, or sunny days to find joy in the moment. And even if they can't find a way to choose happiness--if the blues are just too strong--Berry provides a series of quick practices for readers to understand and move through their sadness.
Happy Right Now is perfect for children, parents, and caregivers who want to learn how to navigate difficult emotions and embrace the bright side of any situation, rain or shine.
Okay, don't get me wrong, this book is VERY different from Harry Potter. But comparing it to Harry Potter serves my purposes here very well so bear with me: This book is like a teen-Harry Potter series, complete with a British boarding school for magic and an abundance of quirky characters that fill this charming world. However, the magic system is based off of language and the influence of it has on culture. And also, most importantly, in this world, Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy are terribly and disastrously in love with one another.
This book is a triumphant, wonderful, and absolutely iconic piece of Young Adult literature. Devour it and don't miss the fantastic sequel, Wayward Son! (And hopefully a third book very soon too...)
(Young Adult ages 13+) - reviewed by Isabel