A Most Unusual Day

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$18.99  $17.66
Greenwillow Books
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9.2 X 10.7 X 0.5 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Sydra Mallery is an elementary school teacher, a poet, and an adoptive parent. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family, a cat, and a bearded dragon. A Most Unusual Day is her first book. www.sydramallery.com

E. B. Goodale was once a baby who grew and grew and now writes and illustrates books for children. She is the author of Under the Lilacs and Also and has illustrated a handful of other books including Here and Now by Julia Denos and Goodnight, Little Bookstore by Amy Cherrix. She lives and works near a tidal river in Massachusetts, where she takes walks with bunnies by moonlight.


"A heartwarming adoption story from a new big sister's perspective. ...this acknowledgement that adoptive families come in as many variations as the general population is most welcome. An unusually good adoption book."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Mallery and Goodale skillfully embed clues to the big event throughout the text and illustrations...At book's end, when we find out why the day is unusual--it's the day Caroline meets her new baby sister--it's clear that she and her family wouldn't have it any other way."--The Horn Book
"There's a sweetness to this story of Caroline's topsy-turvy day, one that comes from the quiet understanding of classmates and her teacher. ...A lovely, charming addition to the growing canon of adoption stories."--Booklist
"This book could be read with any child expecting a new siblings...Caroline and her world are lovingly rendered by Goodale in ink and watercolors. ...This adoption story fills an important need in most picture book collections while also representing the general experience of becoming an older sibling."--School Library Journal (starred review)
"Everything is off-kilter for Caroline . . . Mallery makes expert use of rhythm and repetition . . . while Goodale's standout ink-and-watercolor digital collages reflect . . . the sweeping enormity of her feelings. An adoption story from the fresh viewpoint of an older sister, Mallery's debut captures a child's universal feelings with remarkable warmth and sensitivity."--Publishers Weekly
"What a delightful choice this book is for Big Brother or Big Sister. It documents the emotions of what it is like to go through a big, unknown but wonderful change in life."--Florida Times-Union