Tomorrow Most Likely

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Boy predicts next day's adventures in offbeat bedtime book.

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Educational Value

A glimpse of city life and nature. 

Positive Messages

"Tomorrow most likely/ there will be a sky./ And chances are it will be blue." "Tomorrow most likely/ will be a great day/ becasue you are in it."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Th little boy main character is cheery, observant, open to possibilities and adventure, apprecialtive of city life and the natural world and its creatures all around him. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tomorrow Most Likely, by Dave Eggers (Her Right Foot) and illustrated by Caldecott Honor-winning artist Lane Smith (Grandpa Green), offers a different take on a bedtime ritual. Instead of recounting all the fun adventures he had today, a little boy predicts what will probably happen tomorrow -- with both realistic and fanciful situations and characters. "You might ride a whale. You could eat a cloud. You might write a song and sing it too loud." It's a charming ode to nature, reassuring predictability and exciting possiblity that makes a great read-aloud. 

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What's the story?

On the title spread of TOMORROW MOST LIKELY, we see a brown-skinned, curly-haired boy in bed as a female parent or caregiver (whose face is not shown) sits close by. Turn the page and the first words are: "Tomorrow most likely/there will be a sky. And chances are it will be blue." Turn the page again and find a squirrel in a city park and the words, "Tomorrow most likely/ there will be a squirrel. And chances are his name is Stu." Quickly we see that this is a story of both realistic and imaginative predictions. As the story continues, the boy leaves his home and wanders about the city making observations that fit his predictions -- including the unpredictable, like meeting a fantasy creature that's half bird and half snake. There's a through line with a spotted bug who's missing -- and worried about -- his friend Stu, the squirrel. The story wraps up on a reassuring note: "Tomorrow most likely/ will be a great day/ because you are in it,/ and Stu is okay."

Is it any good?

This offbeat tale of a boy going to bed and imagining what tomorrow may bring is a delightful take on the predictable and unpredictable things in our everyday lives. Some things we can expect -- like a blue sky, a plane flying over, kids playing in the park -- and some things will surprise us. "Tomorrow most likely/ you'll see something strange./ You'll hear something odd./ You'll touch something gooey./ You'll meet Cousin Todd."

The playful rhymes and Lane Smith's whimsical illustrations move the story along in a jaunty, upbeat rhythm. Great for read-aloud.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about bedtime rituals. How is the one in Tomorrow Most Likely similar to or different from yours? What do you think about when you go to bed -- today or tomorrow? Do you read a book first?

  • When you think about tomorrow, are you excited about a world of possibilities and surprises, or do you worry about what might happen? Who can you talk to about your worries? Who can you tell what you're looking forward to?

  • Why do you think the writer and artist put a fanciful creature with a bird's head and a serpent's tail in the boy's otherwise realistic city? What odd thing have you seen on a walk in your town?

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