1.12.2011

Familial City: What Happens on Wednesdays

What Happens on WednesdaysMom says:
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.

Delightful.

Big Kid says: No kisses! [Because of course I kissed him while reading!]
Little Kid says: Hugs and kisses! [He still loves kisses.]

7 comments:

Jackie H. said...

What a great idea for a blog! I had no idea there were so many books about cities. These all look great! This book would be more about learning about different parts of the world and other cultures for my boys. We live in the suburbs of St. Louis- which is not exactly the same as a "big city" ;)

Brimful Curiosities said...

Since reading "Christmas is Here," I've become a fan of Castillo's illustrations. We haven't seen this one yet, though.

Raising a Happy Child said...

Illustrations do look charming.

Ellen said...

ooh that sounds so good! i want.

MotherReader said...

...what I don't love: that I can't see this title without thinking "What Happens on Wednesdays, stays on Wednesdays."

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Pen and Ink said...

Thank you. I want to read this one.

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