Saturday Is Dadurday

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Mimi and Dad's favorite day came after Friday . . . they called it DADURDAY.

For Mimi, the best day of the week is always Saturday, because she gets to spend it with just her Dad. Every "Dadurday" begins the same way—Mimi and Dad make silly-shaped pancakes, read the comics section of the newspaper and make lists of fun things to do together. But when Dad gets a new work schedule, "Dadurday" is ruined. Can Mimi find a way to still make it a ...

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Overview

Mimi and Dad's favorite day came after Friday . . . they called it DADURDAY.

For Mimi, the best day of the week is always Saturday, because she gets to spend it with just her Dad. Every "Dadurday" begins the same way—Mimi and Dad make silly-shaped pancakes, read the comics section of the newspaper and make lists of fun things to do together. But when Dad gets a new work schedule, "Dadurday" is ruined. Can Mimi find a way to still make it a special day for her and dad?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Remy Dou
Every week, Mimi and her father set aside the day after Friday to spend quality time together; they call it "Dadurday." While Mom cares for the newborn twins, Mimi and Dad write lists for what they want to do on Dadurday. When an activity (e.g., riding bikes, splashing in puddles) shows up on both of their lists, they spend the day doing that together. Mimi loves Dadurday. Unfortunately, Dad's job suddenly requires him to work on weekends, and Mimi must confront having a new kind of Dadurday. Pulver guides readers through the emotions of a young girl who loves spending time with her dad. Her writing conveys Mimi's joys and heartaches. In the end, Pulver teaches her readers that no matter how much circumstances change, there is nothing better than loving the special people in their lives. R. W. Alley's sharp ink-and-color illustrations bring Dadurday to life. Mimi's emotions—happiness, sadness, anger, and joy—jump off the pages. This fun-to-read book provides a heartwarming lesson about what really matters: loving those we care about. Reviewer: Remy Dou
Kirkus Reviews
Irrepressible Mimi and her father have named the day after Friday Dadurday. It is their special day to do everything together. But when Dad's work schedule changes, their weekend tradition is in jeopardy. Mop-haired Mimi loves Dadurday. She and her dad make silly-shaped pancakes and read the comics, and each writes a list of activities to do for the rest of the day. Ideas that appear on both lists set the schedule. They have fun going to the library, riding bikes, splashing in puddles and playing checkers. So Mimi is understandably upset with the news that her father will no longer be at home on Saturdays. Suddenly the day has become Madurday or Sadurday. Mother is sympathetic but busy caring for baby twins. When her frustration and bad mood become too much, Mimi explodes in an impressive tantrum that lasts for three pages. But after she calms down, the perfect idea comes to her. Sidewalk chalk, craft supplies and balloons come out. Pancakes are made; party hats created. Dad is in for a happy surprise when he arrives. Pulver's well-crafted story touches upon an all-too-common situation--parents' work encroaching on family time. Alley combines watercolor, watercolor pencil, pen and ink to deftly portray Mimi as she grapples with her feelings about something beyond her control. Readers will relate to her disappointment and cheer her on as she comes to her own creative solution. (Picture book. 4-7)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—The day after Friday is "Dadurday" at Mimi's house until her father's work schedule changes, and she is incredibly disappointed. When the twins arrived, Saturday became a time for Mimi and Dad to make silly-shaped pancakes, ride bikes to the library, and play in the rain. Now Saturday is "BADurday," "MADurday," and "SADurday," until Mimi decides to fill her day of waiting more productively. She decorates the house with balloons and banners to welcome Dad home, and Mom helps her make silly-shaped pancakes to share with him. Mimi's creative solution to her problem brightens the day for the whole family. Detailed watercolor, watercolor pencil, gouache, and pen-and-ink illustrations are filled with energy, emotion, and warmth. Entertaining, easy to read, and reassuring.—Lindsay Persohn, University of South Florida, Tampa
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802786913
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 543,514
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.94 (w) x 10.74 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Pulver is the author over twenty picture books, including Punctuation Takes a Vacation, Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day, and Silent Letters Loud and Clear. She lives in New York State.

R. W. Alley has illustrated over a hundred books for children, including the Geisel Honor winning Pearl and Wagner books by Kate McMullan, There's a Wolf at the Door by his wife, Zoë B. Alley and the beloved Paddington Bear books by Michael Bond. The Alleys live in Rhode Island, where, on foggy nights, you can hear a lighthouse horn. www.rwalley.com

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