This big-hearted story of kindness—reminiscent of The Day the Crayons Quit—is written by the bestselling author of Ordinary People Change the World and illustrated by the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of Beekle.
Sunday quit, just like that. She said she was tired of being a day. And so the other days of the week had no choice but to advertise: "WANTED: A NEW DAY. Must be relaxing, tranquil, and replenishing. Serious inquires only." Soon lots of hopefuls arrived with their suggestions, such as Funday, Bunday, Acrobaturday, SuperheroDay, and even MonstersWhoResembleJellyfishDay! Things quickly got out of hand . . . until one more candidate showed up: a little girl with a thank-you gift for Sunday. The girl suggested simply a nice day--a day to be kind. And her gratitude made a calendar's worth of difference to Sunday, who decided she didn't need to quit after all.
When we appreciate each other a little bit more, all the days of the week can be brand-new days where everything is possible.
If farm animals and crayons can have labor disputes, why not days of the week? In this amusing spoof of talent competitions by Meltzer (the Ordinary People Change the World series) and Caldecott Medalist Santat, Sunday, tired of being unpaid and unappreciated, quits. While she talks about going off to take up waterskiing and "learn Italian. No, Sanskrit, like the Buddhists," the other days, rendered with the feel of characters from Inside Out, put out an audition call for a replacement. In the chaos that follows, shown in busy comics-style panels, every appreciated possibility, such as DogDay ("Puppies! Dogs! Everyone gets one!"), is accompanied by a slew of rejects, including Big-BurpDay ("Next!"), and increasingly desperate mash-ups ("KnightsWhoseSwordsAreHerringsDay"). But the creators have something more in mind than giving readers a highly inventive tickle. When one of the auditionees offers gratitude to the judges and earnestly suggests "a nice day... when people can show more kindness to each other," Sunday declares herself back in the game, and the weekdays learn to appreciate each other. It's a lovely and apt way to tie a bow on all the preceding silliness, with enough room left over to end on a cat joke. Ages 3 5. \n