Laundry Day – Jessixa Bagley

       Laundry Day – Jessixa Bagley, Roaring Brook Press, (9781626723177), 2017.

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Rating: 1-5:  (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Humor

What did you like about the book?  Tic and Tac, two young badgers, are bored. Mama Badger, in between washing voluminous loads of laundry, suggests some traditional activities: read a book, build a fort, go fishing. They protest that they’ve already done those things. Everyone is happy when Mama finally hits on a great idea. Tic and Tac can help her by hanging the laundry while she heads to the store. While she’s gone, not only do the energetic youngsters hang the laundry, but they continue on to hang every item they can find anywhere in the house! Any mother with rambunctious children has shared Mama Badger’s chagrin at seeing where her sons’ energy has led them. Luckily, Mama takes it all in stride, and the badgers’ punishment fits their crime. In keeping with the upbeat tone of the story, bright yellows and cheery pastels dominate the color palette.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to youngsters who would enjoy a gently humorous story. Though it seems a departure from her previous book, Boats for Papa, Bagley has written another story that at its heart reveals a loving relationship between mother and child.

Who should buy this book? Elementary school libraries and public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with Picture Books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  Put it in the pile, but it doesn’t need to be at the top.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  3/6/17

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