QUEEN ON WEDNESDAY by Gabi Swiatowska


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Age Range: 3 - 8
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A very bored little girl takes refuge in her imagination, where she becomes a queen who’s soon overwhelmed with royal responsibilities.

Nothing has happened to Thelma since Sunday. Now it’s Wednesday and, bored, she decides to become a queen. Initially, Thelma’s preoccupied with announcing her royal status, selecting “royal pets,” posing for a “royal photograph,” and finding assistants and the carriage she now needs. On Saturday, she’s busy looking for a “proper castle” and a “royally qualified” maid and animal trainer. By the time Sunday rolls around again, Thelma’s faint from hunger as she lacks a “royal cook.” Monday, she needs to find an electrician, a veterinarian and a plumber, plus a nurse for the “royal headache” she’s developed. By Tuesday, Thelma tosses away her crown and returns to being a bored little girl. Prominently featured in large, variably sized and placed type, the droll text is cleverly integrated into sophisticated paint-and-pencil illustrations that conjure a surreal, tongue-in-cheek atmosphere. Dressed in Victorian apparel and wearing priceless, oh-so-bored expressions, wide-eyed Thelma and her imaginary assistants engage in peculiar, pointless activities amid mysterious, undefined venues, contributing brilliantly to the overall ennui.

Imaginative illustrations fuel this playful exploration of juvenile boredom. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: May 20th, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-374-37446-4
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Frances Foster/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2014


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