Kid’s Book Review: Big Feelings

Kid’s Book Review: Big Feelings

About the Book and Author

Inclusive and absorbing, this reassuring picture book helps children name and acknowledge feelings of all kinds, and develop empathy skills. The simple story about a group of children who decide to make a play area for themselves on some waste ground is written by Alexandra Penfold and beautifully illustrated in colour by Suzanne Kaufman. It is published by Bloomsbury.

This I have big feelings. You have them too. How can I help? What can we do? Follow a group of children through a day in their neighbourhood, as they play together and navigate the BIG feelings that we all experience. What should we do when things don’t go to plan?

We may feel angry, frustrated or overwhelmed; we may feel hopeful, tired or even . . . inspired.


Big Feelings
Alexandra Penfold

Alexandra Penfold is a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and she begun her career in publishing as a children’s book publicist at Simon & Schuster where she worked on media campaigns that appeared in USA Today, NewsweekUS News and World Report, and NPR’s All Things Considered. For eight years she served as an editor at Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster working on award-winning books for young readers of all ages. She is currently a literary agent with Upstart Crow Literary representing children book authors and illustrators as well as select adult projects.

She is the author of several books for children: Eat, Sleep, Poop illustrated by Jane Massey, We Are Brothers, We Are Friends, illustrated by Eda Kaban,  Food Truck Fest, illustrated by Mike Dutton and The Littlest Viking, illustrated by Isabel Roxas, and All Are Welcome, illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman.

Suzanne Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling illustrator of All Are Welcome. She is the recipient of The Ezra Jack Keats/Kerlan Memorial Fellowship, Society of Children’s Book Writers Illustrators Mentorship and Portfolio Honors and Bologna Children’s Book Fair.


Book Review

We love that the children are from all different races and abilities so readers from all backgrounds can relate to the story

This is a lovely book with so many fantastic messages within it.

There are some big words about feelings accompanied by some great illustrations to help the young with understanding. The repetition in the book really made it flow well and create emphasis for a key point about how to deal with our feelings.

Through the illustrations this book manages to incorporate nature and inclusion in addition to feelings and emotions.

We love that the children are from all different races and abilities so readers from all backgrounds can relate to the story.

The pictures had so many details to see and sparked  many interesting conversations.

Adam liked the flap which reveals a huge picture.

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Reviewer Profile

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  • Name: Adam
  • Age: 2 years
  • Likes: eating fruit, jigsaw puzzles and visiting the park
  • Dislikes: helicopters and fireworks
  • Favourite Book: What's Where on Earth Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Life: The Amazing History of Earth's most Incredible Animals
  • Favourite Song: Five Little Monkeys