On a Magical Do-Nothing Day

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Give the gift of a magical do-nothing day This picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling because it speaks to boredom from being stuck inside and staring at your computer, phone, or video game. There's so much to notice in the world, if we can un-plug long enough.

This picture book with startlingly beautiful words and pictures will spur imagination and a break from boredom or screen time.

Now a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year and Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book of the Year

All I want to do on a rainy day like today is play my game. My mom says it's a waste of time, but without my game, nothing is fun On the other hand, maybe I'm wrong about that...

While reading On a Magical Do-Nothing Day, one gets the sense that the illustrator became lost in her drawings, and as a reader, you'll want to do the same. Perfect for fans of picture books by Julie Morstad, Carson Ellis, Jon Klassen, and Tomi Ungerer.

"Hands down, Beatrice Alemagna is my favorite contemporary illustrator, said the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Last Stop on Market Street, Christian Robinson.

On a Magical Do-Nothing Day has been recognized with a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. Don't miss this picture book that beautifully encourages unplugged exploration.

--Chris Haughton, award-winning illustrator of Shh We Have a Plan

Product Details

$17.98  $16.54
Publish Date
September 12, 2017
9.3 X 0.4 X 12.1 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author

Beatrice Alemagna was born in Bologna, Italy, in 1973. At eight years old she knew she would become a painter and a writer. Since then she has published more than thirty books all over the world--from France and Italy to Japan and the United States. Some of her books available in the United States include A Lion in Paris, which Kirkus Reviews called an "artful, whimsical delight," and The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy, which won the 2016 Mildred L. Batchelder Award. Beatrice makes her home in Paris, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.

Visit her at www.beatricealemagna.com.


"Hands down, Beatrice Alemagna is my favorite contemporary illustrator. Pure magic."--Christian Robinson, Caledecott Honor Winner of Last Stop on Market Street
"Naive and childlike yet so very sophisticated. Lovely."--Lane Smith, Best-selling illustrator of The Stinky Cheese Man
"Heartbreakingly beautiful. You get the sense that she becomes totally lost in it while drawing and as a viewer you want to do the same. I think this might be Beatrice's most breathtaking work yet.--Julie Morstad, award-winning illustrator of Julia, Child and Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova
"The name Beatrice means 'she who brings happiness.' Her work is not necessarily happy all the time-and I am grateful for that-but it is always is strong and delicate, lyrical and honest, all at the same time."--Sergio Ruzzier, award-winning illustrator of This is Not a Picture Book
"Seeing A Lion in Paris made me realize how beautiful picture books can be."--Chris Haughton, award-winning illustrator of Shh! We Have a Plan
"Something remarkable waits in every corner of Beatrice Alemagna's world. Her work makes me feel like a child again."--Brendan Wenzel, Caldecott-Honor Medalist for They All Saw a Cat
β˜… "Will resonate with young people just making their own discoveries and finding them precious. An effective argument for unplugged exploration, submitted through startlingly beautiful words and pictures."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
β˜… "Here true magic is found in the simple but transformative act of experiencing nature."--Booklist (starred review)
β˜… "Alemagna demonstrates an uncanny knack for rendering emotional experience with line and color in this intimate and distinctive story. The spreads ignite with the warm glow of discovery."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)