PreS-Gr 1 A book in which the illustrations are much stronger than the text. Gomi shows a day in the life of a small boy through vibrantly colored paintings. The first of his family to get up, Harry dresses himself, gets ready for breakfast, and finishes eating first. He plays with other children and is again first in everything, including laughing at himself when he bumps his head after running up the slide. After a full day he goes home, is first into the bath, to eat dinner and to fall asleep. Gomi's paintings are done in bold colors with orange, green, and blue predominating. They have a spareness and simplicity that appears child-like but that shows great care in details such as the varying sizes of the margins and the use of white accents. However, most children will wonder how such a young child can leave home in the morning all alone, stay away all day, and arrive home at dinnertime without anyone wondering where he was. Like Ezra Jack Keats' The Snowy Day (Viking, 1962) , Gomi demonstrates artistically that the ordinary life of a particular child can be extraordinary, but Gomi's story doesn't work as well. Jean Hammond Zimmerman, Willett School, South River, N.J.