National Regular Average Ordinary Day by Lisa Katzenberger, illustrated by Barbara Bakos. Penguin Workshop, 2020. 9781524792404
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture book
What did you like about the book? Peter does not like being bored, and he’s tired of action figures, shooting hoops and playing with Legos. What’s a kid to do? Why, find a different holiday to celebrate every single day! Using real holidays, such as National Ice Cream Sandwich Day and National Underwear Day, he has fun getting into the groove of celebrating something different each day. But one day he wakes up and the day is dedicated to nothing. He tries to make up his own, such as National Squirrel Appreciation Day, and National Bubble Bath Day, but he soon grows tired of celebrating on his own. He finds his friend Devin and they start playing regular, average, ordinary games, and then all the kids on his block join in. And he names the day for what it was, National Average Ordinary Day. Appealing art in a cheerfully bright palette tells the story with antic expressions on the kids’ and animals’ faces and a diverse neighborhood. This could be a fun book to read in the middle of summer when families are running out of ideas on how to pass another day.
Anything you didn’t like about it? I would have appreciated a list at the end giving the actual dates for some of the real holidays – I think it would have added appeal for families to celebrate them together.
To whom would you recommend this book? For ages 4-6.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Picture books
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: July 1, 2020