Reviews for Saturday Is Dadurday


Booklist Reviews 2013 May #2
Ever since the twins were born, Mimi has looked forward to Dadurday, her family's new name for the day after Friday. On that day, her dad sets aside plenty of time to have fun with Mimi. When his work schedule shifts to include Saturdays, the adjustment hits her hard. That first week, waiting for her father to come home makes for a long, long day until her focus shifts from feeling sad and mad to preparing for the best Dadurday ever. Pulver's text captures Mimi's dilemma sympathetically but without sentimentality and allows the child to wallow in her emotions and find her own way of working through them. Brightened with watercolor, watercolor pencil, and gouache, the expressive ink drawings illustrate the story with attention to telling details and express the characters' emotions with clarity and finesse. Well-suited for reading aloud, this sympathetic picture book will leave many children wishing for their own version of Dadurday. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
The one special day Mimi and her dad always share is threatened by his new work schedule. Mimi sulks, pouts, and rants, then resolves to make the best of it. Mimi's complete change of heart is unconvincing, but sweet pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations depict the pair's fun, Mimi's frustration, and then her emotional coming-around in wonderful detail.

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Kirkus Reviews 2013 April #1
Irrepressible Mimi and her father have named the day after Friday Dadurday. It is their special day to do everything together. But when Dad's work schedule changes, their weekend tradition is in jeopardy. Mop-haired Mimi loves Dadurday. She and her dad make silly-shaped pancakes and read the comics, and each writes a list of activities to do for the rest of the day. Ideas that appear on both lists set the schedule. They have fun going to the library, riding bikes, splashing in puddles and playing checkers. So Mimi is understandably upset with the news that her father will no longer be at home on Saturdays. Suddenly the day has become Madurday or Sadurday. Mother is sympathetic but busy caring for baby twins. When her frustration and bad mood become too much, Mimi explodes in an impressive tantrum that lasts for three pages. But after she calms down, the perfect idea comes to her. Sidewalk chalk, craft supplies and balloons come out. Pancakes are made; party hats created. Dad is in for a happy surprise when he arrives. Pulver's well-crafted story touches upon an all-too-common situation--parents' work encroaching on family time. Alley combines watercolor, watercolor pencil, pen and ink to deftly portray Mimi as she grapples with her feelings about something beyond her control. Readers will relate to her disappointment and cheer her on as she comes to her own creative solution. (Picture book. 4-7) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 April

K-Gr 2--The day after Friday is "Dadurday" at Mimi's house until her father's work schedule changes, and she is incredibly disappointed. When the twins arrived, Saturday became a time for Mimi and Dad to make silly-shaped pancakes, ride bikes to the library, and play in the rain. Now Saturday is "BADurday," "MADurday," and "SADurday," until Mimi decides to fill her day of waiting more productively. She decorates the house with balloons and banners to welcome Dad home, and Mom helps her make silly-shaped pancakes to share with him. Mimi's creative solution to her problem brightens the day for the whole family. Detailed watercolor, watercolor pencil, gouache, and pen-and-ink illustrations are filled with energy, emotion, and warmth. Entertaining, easy to read, and reassuring.--Lindsay Persohn, University of South Florida, Tampa

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