A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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Today is a perfect day for Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and Squirrel.

Cat is lounging among the daffodils. Dog is sitting in the wading pool, deep in the cool water. Chickadee is eating fresh seed from the birdfeeder. Squirrel is munching on his very own corncob. Today is a perfect day in Bert's backyard.

Until Bear comes along, that is. Bear crushes the daffodils, drinks the pool water, and happily gobbles up the birdseed and corncob.

Today was a perfect day for Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and Squirrel. Now, it's just a perfect day for Bear.

Lane Smith uses perfect pacing and vibrant illustrations to emphasize the power of perspective in this hilarious picture book about the goings-on in Bert's backyard.

This book has Common Core connections.

An NPR Best Book of 2017
A 2018 ALSC Notable Children's Book

Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781626725362
Branch Call Number: JP Smith
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm


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LPL_LaurenT Sep 11, 2017

The twist at the end of this book had me giggling in delight. Imagine your perfect day… then add a bear. The illustrations are full of life and are just as engaging as the text. Lane Smith is well known for his work with Jon Scieszka in The Stinky Cheese Man and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. While there is echo of the same style, the illustrations are much dreamier and less dark. I could stare at them all day.

ArapahoeMaryA Jul 30, 2017

Perfectly adorable!

ArapahoeMary Apr 12, 2017

It's a perfect day for Cat, Dog, Chickadee and Squirrel...until Bear shows up. Smith's sweet and textured illustrations perfectly accompany his simple text. Young children will surely ask to read this one again!

MissLacie Mar 07, 2017

Lane's paintings are picture perfect on this warm, summer day. This is a great read aloud for any preschool story-time.

ArapahoeStaff2 Feb 27, 2017

Lane Smith's simple text and unique illustrations never disappoint. This story made me giggle and I imagine preschool students would get a kick out of this story in storytime, as well!

cmlibrary_rkimray Feb 23, 2017

A lovely book for springtime about the animals in Bert's backyard having a "perfect" day. Warm sun for the cat, a cool kiddie pool for the dog, a corncob for the squirrel...at least until a bear shows up. Sweet and silly, this is a nice addition to a preschool storytime on bears or the changing seasons.

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