From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1–Orlando is looking forward to spending the day with Mami; it is a Thursday, however, and she is busy in town. Instead, Orlando and Papi have adventures tricycling; playing drums and dancing; and going for a walk and seeing a plane, a dog, and a beautiful tree. The best part of Thursday for Orlando, though, is when Mami comes home and the entire family is together. The simple phrases and two-dimensional collage illustrations of this first-person story lead readers to believe that a child has created it. However, the illustrations convey little expression and the writing is lackluster. The only spread that provides visual appeal shows Orlando and Papi admiring a special tree with red and golden leaves. Here the repetition of leaf patterns results in a bold and beautiful collage. While the execution falls short, the story line, which focuses on Orlando adjusting to separation from his Mami, is an important one.Kim T. Ha, Elkridge Branch Library, MD
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An undemanding, pleasant plot and childlike collage illustrations merge in a reassuring story for children coping with separation anxiety. Orlando loves having fun with Mami, but he is sad when she reminds him that it’s Thursday, when she has to spend all day in town. Luckily, Papi is there to distract and comfort Orlando with tricycle riding, dancing, playing in the park, and eating “super pancakes,” until Mami returns in time for bedtime stories. Orlando and his family are drawn with childlike simplicity, with round stick-figure heads and blocky bodies, while backdrops are collages of found papers, cut into shapes and held together with visible pieces of tape. Although adults may find the collages evocative of drawings kids do themselves, the illustrations are consciously stylized, and the interest level of children may vary. However, young readers feeling insecure about a parent’s trip away from home will be cheered by Orlando’s story and the clearly loving relationship between him and both his parents. Preschool-Grade 1. --Krista Hutley