The Backward Day

The Backward Day


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Imagine your whole day lived backward, from beginning to end. When you got up, you’d put on your jacket, then your shirt and pants, and over those your underwear, because after all, backward is backward, and on a backward day backward is the way everything has to be. You’d walk downstairs backward and sit on your chair backward with your back to the table, and when your parents greeted you in the morning you’d say, of course, “Good night.” But how long can a backward day go on? Just long enough for a smart kid to reverse the spell he’s cast on the whole household and return everything to normal. The Backward Day, a delightfully stylish picture book by the Caldecott Prize–winning team of Marc Simont and Ruth Krauss, brings to life a humorous and engaging reversal of ordinary reality that will enchant young children, as well parents.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590172377
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 08/07/2007
Series: New York Review Children's Collection Series
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 988,824
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.81(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

Ruth Krauss (1901-1993), a member of the experimental Writer's Laboratory at the Bank Street School in New York City in the 1940s, imaginatively used humor and invented words to create some of the very first books for children that highlighted a child's inner life. She collaborated with some of the greatest illustrators in children's literature, including Maurice Sendak and her husband, Crockett Johnson.

Marc Simont (1915-2013) illustrated nearly a hundred books. He won a Caldecott Honor in 1950 for illustrating Ruth Krauss’s The Happy Day, and in 1957 he was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his pictures in A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry. He is the illustrator for The New York Review Children’s Collection books The Wonderful O and The 13 Clocks.

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Backward Day 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
rsamet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This picture book, about the reversal of ordinary reality in one boy's life, is quaint (originally published in 1950) but still appealing to children. The plot centers on one young boy who declares that it is Backward Day, and proceeds through his normal routines in reverse of their normal order. His mother, father, and baby sister represent the quintessential white nuclear family evocative of "Leave it to Beaver," and play along with his game. However, the author restrains herself to a rather drab imagination of what might be a very humorous romp--the little boy gets dressed, walks downstairs, eats breakfast, and promptly goes back to bed! Marc Simont's illustrations are clear but not bright or exuberant, and exacerbate the 1950's time warp feeling. Still, the story is relate-able for children, and may inspire them to declare a backward day of their own.