One of my all-time favorite urban picture books! What Happens on Wednesdays is a charming book about the daily routine of a girl living in brownstone Brooklyn.
What I love: both mom and dad have equal parenting roles, the lovely illustrations demonstrate how outdoor routines can still take place even in the dead of winter (a good reminder for those of us in apartments), mom works at home when she is not running about "straightening things", the narrative voice of the child is honest and direct. Phrases which particularly resonate and made me laugh out loud include: "we wake up Daddy, which can take a long time," "Mommy reads stories while Daddy empties the dishwasher," and throughout the day, the child reminds her parents that "today is not a kissing day." Of course the day inevitably ends with lots of good night kisses. The depiction of Daddy with his hip/grunge hairstyle and stubble clearly establishes his identity as one of the ubiquitous freelance arty-types which populate our Brooklyn borough.
Big Kid says: No kisses! [Because of course I kissed him while reading!]
Little Kid says: Hugs and kisses! [He still loves kisses.]