We all have our good days and bad days.
Two children, one cued as a girl and the other as a boy, navigate the ups and downs of everyday emotions. “Some days are chocolate pudding pie days. / Kites up in the sky days. / Jumping super high days.” Each double-page spread is narrated in similar rhyming triplets and is brightly illustrated with cartoon stylings that are dedicated to celebrating simple joys. There are a few extraordinary experiences—“Some days are picking out a pup days,” in which the children are at an adoption center, literally dog-piled by adorable puppies—that cause the rhyme to spread out over multiple spreads. The primary focus, however, is on emotions commonly experienced at school, home, and other public places. More importantly, it acknowledges that “Some days are feeling kind of mad days,” in which the girl scribbles angrily with crayons, and “Feeling all alone days,” which shows the girl sadly curled up in bed with her bunny. Unfortunately, “Sorry to be bad days” supports the notion that a child (rather than a deed) can be “bad.” The title concludes with “Learning to be me days,” signaling that these emotions are ongoing and natural. The girl has pale skin and long black hair in pigtails, while the boy has brown skin and tightly curled black hair. Whether they are neighborhood friends or siblings in a multiracial family is unclear.
An imperfect read-aloud that celebrates the spectrum of a child’s experiences. (Picture books. 3-6)