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Written & Illustrated by Oge Mora
Picture Book (ages 4-8) • 40 pages
Published by Little, Brown BFYR • 2019
Saturdays are special to Ava and her mother—it’s the one day of the week they get to spend together, doing their favorite things. But on this particular Saturday, their best plans are turned on their heads as one unexpected thing after another conspires to ruin their day.
As the disastrous day unfolds, everything goes wrong. Story time is a bust, a careless car ruins their hairdos and a picnic in the park is a fiasco. Throughout, Ava’s mother manages to stay positive. Just close your eyes, breathe deep, and move on, she tells Ava. But finally, after a day filled with disappointments, a pair of lost tickets is the straw that almost breaks Ava’s mother’s spirit. In an emotional and touching moment, Ava is able to reassure her mother that this Saturday was still special—because they were together.
Ms. Mora’s colorful and joyful cut-paper collages are filled with delightful detail. They dance across the pages, pulling the reader along through this lovely, heartfelt story that kids will want to read again and again.
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Reviewed by: Joan Charles