Author: Stephen Emond
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Reprint edition (June 14, 2011)
Cute girls dig him. He 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 swtiched schools, he slapped on a grin and went from big nerd to big shot.
Meet Happyface. This is his journal.
This unique combination of text and fully integrated art follows the journey of a dorky, quiet, artsy kid as he reinvents himself after moving to a new town, where he's nicknamed Happyface. Peek in his journal and 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 messy past, forgives the people who have hurt him most, and ultimately learns to face the world with a genuine smile.
Happyface is not your typical book. It is unique with numerous illustrations and artwork. It is a good, positive read for boys. The only issue I have with Happyface is the small print which may be a turn-off for some kids. Thank you to Hachette Book Group for my review copy.