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ONE SPECIAL DAY by Lola M. Schaefer


A Story for Big Brothers and Sisters

by Lola M. Schaefer & illustrated by Jessica Meserve

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: March 20th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4231-3760-3
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

The never-ceasing flow of new-baby books gets an imaginative jolt in this clever and creative title.

Spencer may be a boy, but in him you’ll find qualities worthy of the entire animal kingdom. He’s fast as a horse, tall as a giraffe, funny as a monkey and more. Yet when his parents come home with a new arrival, Spencer finds a new way to describe himself. He may be like animals in many respects, but now he’s gentle, just as a big brother should be. One would be right to question whether it’s possible to create a wholly original new-baby picture book, but Schaefer’s device of making the title part animal story, part sibling tale is a winning one. The text allows readers to guess what animal Spencer will come to resemble next, until finally there is only one thing left to be. To accomplish this, the tone effortlessly slides from raucous and rebellious to quiet and awe-filled (aww-filled too, to be honest) with nary a hitch. Meserve’s digital oil pastels of idyllic grass and trees successfully conjure up both the wild bestiary of Spencer’s id and the pastoral calm the new baby brings. 

In a market glutted with books for newbie brothers and sisters, this is one that stands apart. (Picture book. 3-8)