Orlando on a Thursday
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Orlando on a Thursday

by Emma Magenta
     
 
Changes and separations in a young child’s life are less worrisome with the help of playful rituals in this sweet, reassuring picture book.

Everything is an adventure when Orlando and his mommy spend the day together: drawing a picture, taking a walk, even having a snack. Then comes Thursday —the day Mami has to be busy in town. Remembering

Overview

Changes and separations in a young child’s life are less worrisome with the help of playful rituals in this sweet, reassuring picture book.

Everything is an adventure when Orlando and his mommy spend the day together: drawing a picture, taking a walk, even having a snack. Then comes Thursday —the day Mami has to be busy in town. Remembering this makes Orlando sad, until Papi reminds him about all the super, super things that can happen when they’re together on a Thursday! Emma Magenta’s gently quirky narrative and fresh, charmingly naïve illustrations evoke a true toddler sensibility, while weaving a cocoon of love and security around young Orlando in a story as comforting as a mug of warm, frothy milk.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Ideal for a very young audience, Australian author/illustrator Magenta's deeply reassuring story stars a boy who does without his beloved Mami every Thursday. "Mami will be back tonight," says Papi to Orlando on Thursday morning. "In the meantime, let's play!" Orlando has a couple of shaky moments--"I look around to show Mami," says Orlando after proudly riding his tricycle down a ramp, "but then I remember that today is Thursday." Papi plays his Magic Drum for the tearful Orlando, who dances to the beat: "I feel much better," he says. "That is why it is called the Magic Drum," says Papi. Orlando, Mami, and Papi are drawn as childlike stick figures; they look as if they might have come from the hand of Orlando himself. Simple backdrops in reds, greens, and blues represent Orlando's house and neighborhood with cut-out shapes and cheerful labels ("Beep! Beep!" say some unsteady black letters across the page beneath a car). Magenta succeeds in putting her arms around Orlando's small, safe world and conveying its warmth. Ages 3-5. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Orlando, our young narrator, is used to having fun with his mother almost every day. But this day, she reminds him, is Thursday, when she is busy in town. Orlando is sad when she is gone, but he cheers up when he remembers that on Thursday his Papi stays with him. Papi helps him to ride his tricycle, and then plays on a Magic Drum for him so he can dance and feel better. They take a walk filled with interesting encounters, including one with his friend Toby. For lunch Papi makes "Super pancakes!" Then Papi does some work while Orlando puts on his pirate hat and looks at a book; it is time for a bath, pajamas, and hot soup. Then, "Yay! Mami's home!" He has had fun with Papi, but is glad that she is back, for the best part of Thursday is when they are all home together. Magenta effectively combines collage with found papers, pen, pencil, and Conte crayon to produce scenes with minimal detail: dots for eyes, missing noses, scribbles for hair. Settings are rudimentary, but a "special tree" is covered with huge gold and red leaves. A good introduction to being left home. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
Gr 1—Orlando is looking forward to spending the day with Mami; it is a Thursday, however, and she is busy in town. Instead, Orlando and Papi have adventures tricycling; playing drums and dancing; and going for a walk and seeing a plane, a dog, and a beautiful tree. The best part of Thursday for Orlando, though, is when Mami comes home and the entire family is together. The simple phrases and two-dimensional collage illustrations of this first-person story lead readers to believe that a child has created it. However, the illustrations convey little expression and the writing is lackluster. The only spread that provides visual appeal shows Orlando and Papi admiring a special tree with red and golden leaves. Here the repetition of leaf patterns results in a bold and beautiful collage. While the execution falls short, the story line, which focuses on Orlando adjusting to separation from his Mami, is an important one.—Kim T. Ha, Elkridge Branch Library, MD
Kirkus Reviews

A direct narrative voice and endearingly childlike illustrations combine in a charming tale that may have difficulty finding a wide audience. Magenta does an excellent job of bringing her cast of characters to life, despite the fact that Orlando and his "Mami" and "Papi" all have dots for eyes, circles for mouths and no noses. Like her illustrations, her plot is simple. Orlando is disappointed to realize it's Thursday, the day his mother is "busy in town all day." Luckily his Papi manages to cheer him with Orlando-centric activities and special meals. Orlando's emotions are true to life, but sophisticated tone, style and vocabulary give the text an ever-so-slightly condescending feel. Some young listeners may feel distanced from the action by the protagonist's relentless (though quite believable) self-absorption. Others may miss entirely the cleverness of the collage illustrations, created with found paper, pen, pencil and Conté crayon. On the other hand, it's likely that Orlando's story will resonate with many families and might even inspire personal tales of coping with separation. Intimate and creative, if not entirely successful. (Picture book. 3-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763645601
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
08/24/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Emma Magenta is the illustrator of actress (and fellow Australian) Toni Collette’s picture book, PLANET YAWN. She is also the author-illustrator of three picture books for adults. ORLANDO ON A THURSDAY was inspired by the daily happenings with her two greatest loves: Orlando, her gorgeous son, and her beloved husband, Arturo Aguirre, with whom she lives in Sydney, Australia.

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