Book Review Blog, Episode Two – David Wiesner’s Tuesday.
Book Summary: Strange occurrences happen in somewhere, U.S.A., around eight on a Tuesday evening. Frogs are chilling on some lily pads in their pond when all of a sudden one of the plants begins to levitate with the creature still resting on top of it, and all of this happens in three illustrated panels before the title page. Wiesner takes the reader along with the amphibians in their adventure with animals, buildings and townsfolk throughout the night. This seems to be the first time this event has occurred because the frogs and town’s inhabitants all seemed to be surprised by the events.
APA Reference: Wiesner, D. (1991). Tuesday. New York, NY: Clarion Books.
Impressions: While writing the citation I saw that Wiesner’s illustrations are all watercolor. That astounds me because of how nice, neat, detailed and precise every picture is. Despite having roughly nine words (I counted the times, like 11:21 p.m., as one word) I spent more time looking at every single page and drawing than I had on other illustrated books with stories, dialogue, and conflict. This is the kind of book a person could spend a couple hours perusing to find all of the little details they may have missed on first and second read-throughs. It also made me laugh because of the frogs’ actions and facial expressions. Tuesday is just fun for all readers, and it was refreshing to review something enjoyable instead of something that made me angry (see my first book review on the blog).
Dooley, P. (1991). Tuesday (Book). School Library Journal, 37(5), 86. Retrieved from EBSCOhost via the UNT Library’s article search.
As the full moon rises over a peaceful marsh, so do frogs on their lily pads levitating straight up into the air and sailing off, with surprise with some laundry, hovering briefly before a TV left on. A dog chases one lone low coasting frog, but is summarily routed by a concerted amphibious armada. Suddenly the rays of the rising sun dispel the magic; the frogs fall to ed but gratified expressions. Fish stick their heads out of the water to watch; a turtle gapes goggle-eyed. The phalanx of froggies glides over houses in a sleeping village, interrupting the one witness’s midnight snack, tangling the ground and hop back to their marsh, leaving police puzzling over the lily pads on Main Street. In the final pages, the sun sets on the following Tuesday–and the air fills with ascending pigs! Dominated by rich blues and greens, and fully exploiting its varied perspectives, this book treats its readers to the pleasures of airborne adventure. It may not be immortal, but kids will love its lighthearted, meticulously imagined, fun-without-amoral fantasy. Tuesday is bound to take off.
Library Uses: This will probably be the only time I apologize for this, but it’s difficult for me to figure out library uses other than displays, storytimes, and book talks because I’m still barely into the program and haven’t had much time with my mentor. With that being said, I would use this book to show younger students how to tell stories with little to no words. I would also use it to show art students the awesomeness of watercolors.