Orlando on a Thursdayby Emma Magenta
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/b>
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.
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)
- Candlewick Press
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- 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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