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Queen on Wednesday

Queen on Wednesday

Gabi Swiatkowska

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


When Thelma is bored, she decides to become a queenbut being a queen has its own complications.

On Wednesday, Thelma is bored—so she decides to become a queen. She makes the royal announcement on Thursday and chooses the royal pets on Friday. But she needs a castle to keep the pets, and royally qualified trainers to tame them, and of course someone to clean up after the messes. It's enough to give a queen a royal headache. And when Thelma realizes that there aren't enough beds to hold her royal staff, she flings off her crown and decides that maybe being a regular girl isn't so boring after all.

Filled with playful humor and stunning artwork, Queen on Wednesday marks renowned illustrator Gabi Swiatkowska's debut as a picture book author.

A Frances Foster Book

Praise for Queen on Wednesday

“For those children - or perhaps those parents - looking for offbeat fare to relieve their own boredom, this sophisticated exercise in stylization may prove just the ticket.” —BCCB

“A familiar story of imaginative play, but Swiatkowska's whimsical pictures set it apart.” —Booklist

“The emotional arc of the narrative are conveyed by the illustrations, a series of surrealist-style paintings of a world where oddities such as fish anchored by balloons sailing by the window appear unexplained.” —The Horn Book

“Swiatkowska's stunning artwork offers readers a fantastic, somewhat surreal glimpse of a very imaginative girl.” —School Library Journal

“Imaginative illustrations fuel this playful exploration of juvenile boredom.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A witty and eccentric portrait of ego run wild.” —Publishers Weekly


Reviews from Goodreads

Gabi Swiatkowska

Gabi Swiatkowska has illustrated many notable books for children, including My Name Is Yoon, for which she received the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, and, most recently, Please, Papa, and Thank You, Mama by Kate Banks. She lives in France.

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Gabi Swiatkowska

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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