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PreSchool-K–Friday and Dibley show how everyone can have a bad day once in a while–the dog won't go for a walk, someone with big hair sits in front of you at the game, and the snowman melts. Each spread has a simple statement that looks as if it were printed by hand paired with an exaggerated color illustration that allows children to empathize with and laugh at the situation. Dibley's strong use of line and unique perspective encourage readers to turn the page wondering what else will befall the multiethnic kids depicted. The reassuring conclusion that tomorrow is another day gives hope that all bad days eventually end.–Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
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Mary Ellen Friday is Canadian born and lives with her husband and three children in Germany, where she teaches at an international school. She seldom has bad days.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873589041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873589048
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,082,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I run a homeschooler bookgroup containing roughly six to ten kids, all between the ages of eight and twelve. Child bookgroups are funny things too. Through my own I discovered that nine times out of ten, the reason my kids choose one book over another is due in large part to the cover artist. Heck, sometimes when we've run out of things to say about the book the kids will start discussing intently the cover illustrations and whether they correctly described the book inside. And what cover artist has gained more attention to his covers due to his work on books like Deb Gliori's, "Pure Dead Magic" or Wendy Orr's, "Nim's Island"? None other than good old Glin Dibley of Huntington Beach, California. You can imagine my delight then when I discovered that Mr. Dibley had recently illustrated a picture book written by one Mary Ellen Friday entitled, "It's a Bad Day". Taking its cues from that old classic standby, "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day", this is another encapsulation of what can make a day go drab. Credit Dibley then with livening it up in his own particular way.

Open the book and there, staring at you with the resigned expression of a boy who knows his days are numbered, sits a fork-holding kid in front of a plate reading, "It's a Bad Day", the word "bad" made entirely out of squishy green brussels sprouts. The book is, in turn, filled with those moments in a child's life that mean that things are just not going well. For the image accompanying, "It's a bad day ... when you get chicken pox and can't go to the party", a kid with vibrant red dots stares hopelessly at a couple party-hat wearing goofballs yukking it up just next door. "It's a bad day ...
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It's a bad day when a dog eats a boy's paintings, due tomorrow - and when the tree eats your best paper airplane. In fact, some days are bad days all around. But a good message still resides in having a bad day, and that's the pleasure of IT'S A BAD DAY, illustrated by Glin Dibley with oversized, different drawings.
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