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It's a Bad Day

It's a Bad Day

by Mary Elen Leibheit, Glin Dibley (Illustrator)

Everyone can have a bad day once in a while. These vignettes give young readers hope


Everyone can have a bad day once in a while. These vignettes give young readers hope

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Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Friday notes all the many things that can cause a bad day, from having to eat your Brussels sprouts before getting dessert to missing a party because you have the chicken pox. Little sisters will cut up your favorite picture; your snowman melts; your toy airplane gets caught in a tree. The litany of bad events ends the day with the toothpaste all piling up on the toothbrush. But the final note is a positive, encouraging one: "But hey, I'm okay. And tomorrow is another day." The catalog of nasty possibilities is created with comic paintings that focus on the bad events, including only the most essential details. The cover's depiction of a youngster with a finger up his nose sets us up for the series of rather gross but all-too-common mishaps. Dibley distorts his naturalistic portraits to emphasize the comic content: arms are stretched out like spaghetti; faces are balloonlike globes with tiny eyes and gaping mouths with occasional missing teeth. The informal typeface of the brief text adds a childlike quality to the visual scenes.
School Library Journal

PreS - K - Friday and Dibley show how everyone can have a bad day once in a while-the dog won't go for a walk, someone with big hair sits in front of you at the game, and the snowman melts. Each spread has a simple statement that looks as if it were printed by hand paired with an exaggerated color illustration that allows children to empathize with and laugh at the situation. Dibley's strong use of line and unique perspective encourage readers to turn the page wondering what else will befall the multiethnic kids depicted. The reassuring conclusion that tomorrow is another day gives hope that all bad days eventually end.-Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY

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9.43(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.43(d)
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4 - 8 Years

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