Tell Me about Your Day Today by Mem Fox, illustrated by Lauren Stringer
This is the story of a little boy who looked forward to bedtime. He loved the kisses, the stories, the good night. But most of all he loved the conversations he had with his stuffed animal friends. Each of them took a turn telling about what happened during their day: “the who, the what, the why, and the way… the whole wild thing…turned out okay.” As each character describes their day, it is told solely in pictures with the refrain above as the only words. And each one builds on the last, creating a picture of a complete day together. Then the little boy went last, describing his day and filling out the last of their day spent together.
This is such a warm and friendly book. While it may be unusual for a child to look forward to bedtime, it’s great to have a book that celebrates that part of the day so fully. Even better, it’s a celebration of a very busy day spent in wonderful play. Fox’s use of a repeating refrain in each character’s story makes for a book that is gentle and reassuring.
Stringer’s illustrations tell a lot of the story. Each character had a slightly different day, told from their point of view. When the boy’s part comes, they all reach a cohesive whole. Stringer’s art is done in bright and warm colors, with the deep blues of night a welcome part of the book. The characters glow on the page, some even seeing to shine light themselves.
What a great bedtime read! This book is best shared with your own stuffed friends gathered around and listening too. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Reviewed from copy received from Beach Lane Books.