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Macmillan Children's Book

A Perfect Day

Author: Lane Smith

A Perfect Day

A Perfect Day


About This Book

A perfect day means different things to different animals in Bert's backyard in this droll tale from bestselling, Caldecott Honor-winner Lane Smith.
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Today is a perfect day for Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and Squirrel.

Cat is lounging among the daffodils. Dog is sitting in the wading pool, deep in the cool water. Chickadee is eating fresh seed from the birdfeeder. Squirrel is munching on his very own corncob. Today is a perfect day in Bert's backyard.

Until Bear comes along, that is. Bear crushes the daffodils, drinks the pool water, and happily gobbles up the birdseed and corncob.

Today was a perfect day for Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and Squirrel. Now, it's just a perfect day for Bear.

Lane Smith uses perfect pacing and vibrant illustrations to emphasize the power of perspective in this hilarious picture book about the goings-on in Bert's backyard.

This book has Common Core connections.

An NPR Best Book of 2017
A 2018 ALSC Notable Children's Book

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Roaring Brook Press



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A Spring 2017 Kids' Indie Next List Pick

"Like reaching the bottom of a candy dish and unexpectedly biting into a Sour Skittle, the clever A Perfect Day provides a delightful jolt." —NPR

"This gently humorous book is sure to circulate well in any picture book collection. A perfect way to introduce the concept of point of view."—School Library Journal, starred review

"With the text using so few words (though, admirably, much repetition), Smith tells the story mostly through his textured mixed-media illustrations, which reflect each animal’s joy-filled frolic."—Horn Book, starred review

"Smith's mixed-media artwork masterfully explores texture and scale... Perfectly funny while offering a chance to discuss perspective."—Kirkus, starred review

"The humorous surprise ending will make children squeal as they ponder the concept of perfect... this true-to-form picture book will draw plenty of readers." —Booklist

"An easily accessible tale that has both humor and relatability."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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