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- Publication Date: October 4, 2022
- Imprint: Abrams Books for Young Readers
- Trim Size: 10 1⁄2 x 11
- ISBN: 9781419741821
- Page Count: 48
- Illustrations: Full-color illustrations throughout
- Rights: World excl. British Comm, AU, NZ
Every day is a gift in this exuberant picture book about finding happiness in life’s small moments
My arms aren’t big enough to hold the whole world . . .
But when I feel this happy, it’s all I want to do!
My voice isn't loud enough to express this joy!
Why isn't there a word for feeling this alive?
In this poetic and buoyant story from author-illustrator Shelley Johannes, a young child tries to measure the size of her joy and the depth of her gratitude as she embraces the beauty of the day. Reveling in simple wonders with unbridled enthusiasm, This Joy! celebrates living with arms wide open—because today is a gift!
"A huge dose of joy and a clear reminder to celebrate each day and each other."Kirkus Reviews —
"Beautiful pencil, marker, and crayon illustrations bring to life the joy in the young protagonist’s world, and it is easy to imagine she could be the artist behind the illustrations as she enjoys activities such as finger puppets and playing with blocks. The short, poetic sentences, made up of a mix of upper- and lower-case letters, combine perfectly with the ebullient illustrations."School Library Journal —
About the author
Shelley Johannes is the author-illustrator of the Beatrice Zinker, Upside Down Thinker chapter book series. A former architectural designer, she has a fondness for tracing paper, process, and accidental discoveries. She and her family live in Michigan with two feathered friends, Max and Alex, who make every day sunny and birdy. More Than Sunny was her debut picture book.