A Perfect Day
by Lane Smith

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More About A Perfect Day by Lane Smith
  • ISBN-13: 9781626725362
  • ISBN-10: 1626725365
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
  • Publish Date: February 2017
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 4-8
  • Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Humorous Stories

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-12-05
  • Reviewer: Staff

Smith (There Is a Tribe of Kids) takes readers to a house in the countryside in a neatly constructed story that reveals how simple pleasures create a perfect day for several animals. Cat couldnt be happier sitting in a bed of daffodils, Dog rests in a cool wading pool, and a boy named Bert ensures that Chickadee and Squirrel have something to eat. Smiths artwork is a riot of color and textureforceful brushstrokes evoke animal fur, and gestural flowers create blasts of color in the landscape. Then a hulking bear shows up, and Smith uses repetition to cleverly recast the calm declarations of the first half of the book (It was a perfect day for Cat) as Bear steals Squirrels corncob, devours Chickadees birdseed, dumps Dogs pool over himself, and makes giddy flower angels in the daffodils (It was a perfect day for Cat). Bear is more galoot than menace, though Smith does conclude with Bert and the other animals bidding a hasty retreat. Perfect, readers will understand, is very much in the eye of the beholder. Ages 48. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Feb.)

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