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What Happens on Wednesdays Hardcover – July 5, 2007


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"The voice is pitch perfect."—The New York Times
 
"Finding the transcendent in the ordinary . . . The story's central emotions about familial love and joyful, daily milestones will speak to children everywhere."—Starred, Booklist
 
"A preschooler's ingenuouslength narration of her day is a catalogue of the sweetly ordinary sights and events that make up the lenght and breadth of her reassuringly stable world."—Starred, Kirkus Reviews
 
"Radiant mixed-media art by a debut illustrator captures the warmth and candor in Jenkins's sparkling slice-of-life tale."—Starred, Publishers Weekly
 
“Castillo’s slightly impressionistic mixed-media illustrations give viewers a real feel for the youngster’s Brooklyn neighborhood.”—School Library Journal
 
“It's a valentine to the city and the pleasures of everyday life.” —Bloomberg News
 
"Readers . . . will be glad to be reminded of the joy to be found in everyday routines."—The Christian Science Monitor
 
"A sorting... of a full and busy life in a familiar neighborhood...this offers [kids] a model of how they might map their own days and ways."
—Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

About the Author

EMILY JENKINS is the author of many acclaimed picture books, including two Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Books, Five Creatures and That New Animal. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
LAUREN CASTILLO received her master's degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and also lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); 1st edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374383030
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374383039
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on July 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
An immensely charming book about everyday routines, especially nice for single children and families that live in urban environs... A young girl walks us through her day, starting with a pre-dawn wake-up and storytime with Mom, and a to-school walk with Dad that takes us on a tour of her New York neighborhood. After lunch, Mom picks her up, they go home, have a nap, then go out for a dip at the pool and trip to the library, then back again for dinner, bath and bedtime. Sounds simple, but the richness of detail (both in the text and the marvelous drawings) makes this one a real winner. The young urban family feels familiar and real -- fans of Mo Willems "Knuffle Bunny" will recognize the Brooklyn landscape, and expatriate New Yorkers will yearn for a bite of their bagels. This book perfectly captures the ebb and flow of a preschool-kindergarten student's life, and will ring a bell for many readers, big and small. Recommended! (ReadThatAgain!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten G. Cutler on December 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A preschool girl who lives in a city neighborhood charmingly describes her typical Wednesday activities, "What happens on Wednesdays is I wake up when it is still dark out. Mommy comes in wearing her sleeper suit and swings me up and kisses me. I tell her today is not a kissing day." First she gets up with her mom and they visit together while her mom makes the coffee, then she gets the newspaper and cuddles with her dad. Her mom goes off to her home office and she and her dad walk hand in hand to her school. During the walk, she and her dad stop and eat bagels in a dog park. The family activities continue in the afternoon when her mom picks her up from school and takes her to both a swimming pool, and the library, of course. After dinner, she listens to a story, one parent reads to her while the other cleans up. She reminds her daddy, "today is not a kissing day, and then I kiss him and he kisses me, and I kiss him, and he kisses me." The lovely mixed-media artwork conveys texture and movement, and the faces are very expressive. The reader can delight in the multicultural neighborhood and heartwarming family interactions. This is a gem to share with a young child.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Handler on June 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
A beautiful book, and most importantly, passes the "I can read this 100 nights in a row without throwing myself off a cliff" test. My 2 and 4 year old daughters love this book, and so do I.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a cute little story that reminds me of the time when I used to live in New York and everything is from walking distance. The art is reminiscent to kids drawings with its crayon stokes and jagged drawing adding a very childlike flare to it. The book also depicts lots of diversity in the characters presented which I really liked and I feel like kids growing up on an urban environment will identify with the main character very well. There were a couple of places where the pacing of the story kind of threw me off a bit but overall the story was great and very relatable to children living in the city. The book can also be used to teach children that people in the city have a different type of lifestyle compared to people who live in the suburbs or rural areas.
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By Michelle Caniglia on May 4, 2015
Format: Hardcover
This is the creepiest children's book (or whatever it is) EVER. I played along the entire time while reading to my 4 yo son even changing the words to make it more interesting or less creepy and dreary. At the end of book there was a brief silence and my little boy said mommy that was strange i did not like. Some of the story implies that something strange is going on in the house or that the little girl is not doing well. I seriously want to tell the librarian when I return the book that it is concerning and they should read it and think about pulling it off the shelf.

I know not all stories are fairtales nor should they however this story is dark and creepy.
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