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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Penny was having a bad day. Everything was going wrong for her. Honey was stuck in her hair, she cut her leg, and her socks kept sliding into her shoes. Suddenly she remembered the little box her sister Rosie had gifted her on her birthday. Rosie told her not to open it unless she was having a bad day. She decided to open it that day. Penny was really surprised to see what was inside the box. She expected to see a dragon, a unicorn, or a pink manatee but, instead, it was just a simple pair of glasses. There was nothing exciting about it, but it was a pair that had been passed down from their grandma to their mother, then to her sister, and now to her. What happens when Penny wears those glasses? Let us read the book to find out.
Penny Positive: The Gloom, the Gift, & the Glow (Heads Up) by Natasha Oliver is a good book for all children to encourage them to look on the bright side of life, even though the day is not going right. The illustrations are enchanting and magical like the story and make the characters and story tangible to readers. It is a good story for parents and tutors to help children appreciate what they have, even when they are having a bad day. The author weaves a simple story with a strong message and she makes the story whimsical and enchanting with some wonderful illustrations that will captivate young readers.