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DANIEL'S GOOD DAY by Micha Archer Kirkus Star


by Micha Archer ; illustrated by Micha Archer

Pub Date: May 14th, 2019
ISBN: 978-0-399-54672-3
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books

The tale of a kid who loves his neighborhood as much as Mr. Rogers loved his.

Wearing blue overalls and red tennis shoes, Daniel leaves his mom and baby sibling to venture to Grandma’s house. As passers-by wish him “a good day,” he asks what makes a good day for each of them. Mrs. Sanchez, the painter, says clear skies; kite-flying Emma says “a steady wind”; the bus driver mentions riders who say “please” and “thank you.” Daniel seems to know nearly everyone in the diverse neighborhood, and each has a response for him. On his way back, leading Grandma to his house, he sees that his neighbors are all having a good day. As this little brown-skinned boy progresses through his urban neighborhood, readers can appreciate the level of detail Archer includes in her colorful, meticulously composed, collage illustrations, from small cutout photographs on the front covers of the magazines on the newsstand to individually cut and torn paper that makes up the flowers and plants lining many yards. This visually stunning book also embraces nontraditional gender roles, illustrates diversity within families, and advocates for the importance of giving children a level of independence and also welcoming them into the family circle after their adventures.

A gorgeous picture book that invites young readers to make their own neighborhoods places where good days abound.

(Picture book. 4-8)