My New Favorite Picture Book – Tuesday by David Wiesner

by Josh Hanagarne on November 12, 2011

Tuesday by David Wiesner

Tuesday by David Wiesner

Tuesday by David Wiesner has been around since 1991, but I saw it for the first time yesterday. I like having a son who is at picture book age. He brought Tuesday home from preschool. I can’t remember the last time a book actually made me laugh out loud, and the last time it happened, it probably wasn’t a picture book.

Tuesday starts with a bunch of frogs sitting on lily pads. We are given the time and the date. The next couple of pages caught me off guard about as much as anything in a book ever has. There are few other words, but it doesn’t matter because then the lily pads start flying and the frogs fly around all night committing acts of mischief.

They chase a dog. They watch television and eat snacks with an old woman. They run into a tree and lily pads are scattered all over the street. The story (almost) ends with a flatfoot PI in a trench coat  investigating the lily pads all over the road the following morning.

I can’t tell you what happens next. Tuesday is an utterly charming book that I think I liked even more than my son did. The art is wonderful and the idea is so funny that it makes me want to shake Wiesner’s hand.

If you’ve got kids who are at picture book age,, see if you can find this one.

 

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Daisy November 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Tuesday is an amazing book!

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Julianne Fuchs-Musgrave November 13, 2011 at 8:01 am

Thanks for the smile! I actually just pulled my copy of “Tuesday” to read with a student. The Wiesner’s along with the other great picture books remain on my shelf, long after my own children are too old to be read to. As an artist, a parent, a teacher and a human being–I firmly believe the world would be a better place if everyone took some time with a couple of great picture books.

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Josh Hanagarne November 13, 2011 at 10:44 am

Have you read the Berkeley Breathed books?

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Julianne Fuchs-Musgrave November 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Absolutely! While “Pete & Pickles” is a favorite–telling a “Fudwupper” has found its way into our family language. You might also try Dennis Nolan. “The Castle Builder” and “Dinosaur Dream” are my favorites.

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Pauline November 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm

“As an artist, a parent, a teacher and a human being–I firmly believe the world would be a better place if everyone took some time with a couple of great picture books.” I happily quote you, Julianne! I’m a grandmother and have wonderful children’s books on my shelves.

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DeAnne November 13, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I just read this to my sons last week (I’m moving from an academic to a school library so I’m reading all the Caldecotts). It was hilarious! The boys (9 & 11) and I were laughing so hard my husband heard us all the way downstairs. David Wiesner is a genius.

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