In the second Georgie and Friends book from Chan, a very bad day goes from calamity to a memorably good time.
Georgie, a striped gray cat, wakes up on the wrong side of the bed and finds he’s not alone in starting the day badly. All his friends, including Feta the dog and Lester the mouse, are having some kind of minor crisis, whether it’s forgetting breakfast, sitting on fresh paint, or missing the bus. The friends decide to pool their luck, but an attempt to bake a cake proves disastrous. It’s only after a moment of humor involving a large jar and Georgie’s head that the animal friends are able to laugh about their situation and steer into the turn of their unlucky day. That, of course, turns “THE WORST BAD DAY EVER” into something much more enjoyable. Chan’s anthropomorphic characters are expressive no matter what the species, and the book does a fine job switching gears from frustration to fun. An 11-step double-page diagram at the center of the story showing just how the baking goes wrong is a well-executed highlight. As a bonus for those who enjoy the story, the author credit reveals that at least two of the book’s characters are based on Chan’s real-life pets.
For any kid who has spent part of the day facedown on the ground in utter defeat, Georgie and his pals make great commiserating companions. (Picture book. 3-6)