A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Wagner laments repeatedly: "This is not my day!" But he doesn't lash out at anyone, and he gamely trudges through his day. He eventually realizes that the best way to shake his bad mood is to actively join in the fun.
Positive Role Models
Rejected by his friend in the dance contest, Wagner is angry -- but he confidently seeks out a new partner. And later, despite the disappointments of the day, he comes up with his own practical joke and is able to join in the fun.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know there is nothing to be concerned about in this school tale. Wagner isn't coping well with the day, but the practical jokes are harmless and no one treats him unkindly.
Is It Any Good?
The third in the series by Kate McMullan and R.W. Alley, ONE FUNNY DAY offers relatable material, appealing characters, fun text, and short chapters. Young readers and their parents will readily empathize with poor Wagner, who isn’t in the mood for April Fools’ Day shenanigans and doesn’t like being on the receiving end of all the practical jokes. Nothing seems to be going right for him, and even worse, everyone else is having so much fun. It’s a lonely, frustrating feeling, and Alley’s illustrations capture his dejection.
The easy-to-read text is broken up into manageable chunks by Alley’s engaging artwork. The relatable plot will likely encourage reluctant readers to keep turning the pages.
Expressive, lively, and funny artwork adds great appeal to the story.
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