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HAPPY 100TH DAY! by Susan Milord


by Susan Milord, illustrated by Mary Newell DePalma

Age Range: 5 - 8

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-439-88281-1
Publisher: Scholastic

The 100th-day theme combines artfully with a well-crafted story about a struggling reader. Graham is not happy to be back in school and is certainly not looking forward to the 100th day of it, unlike his enthusiastic teacher. Miss Currier is serious about three things—reading, the 100th day and celebrating birthdays. She has given everyone a 100th-day project, and Graham’s is to read 100 books. Over time, readers see Graham’s self esteem improve as, with the help of two sixth-grade tutors, his pile of finished books increases. But Graham’s birthday overlaps the 100th day; will the class have time to celebrate? Milord employs a journal style dated with the number of days in school, allowing readers to follow Graham’s progress. DePalma’s vibrant illustrations feature textured backgrounds and figures that are cut out and pasted, giving them a dimensional effect. Each spread includes 100 objects for readers to find and count. A refreshing change from the usual ruck of 100th-day books, this could stand on its own as a tale about hard work paying off. (Picture book. 5-8)