On a Magical Do-Nothing Day


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9.3 X 12.1 X 0.4 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Beatrice Alemagna is the author and illustrator of over 30 books for children, including What is a Child? and A Lion in Paris. Her books have been translated into twelve languages, and four were nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, among many other awards. In 2017, her picture book On A Magical Do-Nothing Day was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year and was recognized with a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. She is from Bologna, Italy and lives in Paris, France.


"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
★ "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)
★ "Here true magic is found in the simple but transformative act of experiencing nature."--Booklist (starred review)
★ "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)