A Perfect Wonderful Day with Friends by Philip Waechter

A Perfect Wonderful Day with Friends by Philip Waechter. Translated by Melody Shaw. Gecko Press, 2022. 9781776574667

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

Format: Hardcover picture book

Genre:  Animal fiction

What did you like about the book? Raccoon is bored, so he goes over to Fox’s house to see what she’s doing. Fox needs a ladder for a roof repair, so the two go to Badger’s house, then, joined by Crow, they all go to Bear’s house. They find Bear fishing at the river nearby. No one has any luck catching a fish, so Raccoon, Fox, Badger, Crow and Bear all have a swim, then they lie in the sun and do a crossword puzzle. Finally, they go back to Raccoon’s house, where the story started, and bake apple cake.

This delightful, meandering tale is the perfect story for a lazy, slightly boring summer day. Waechter’s cinematic illustrations, made with black ink fine line pens and then colored with pen and crayon, are just lovely. Each animal is clothed according to personality – slouchy Raccoon wears a plaid shirt, hardworking Fox has on red overalls, Badger wears a suit, befitting an older gentleman, and Bear has on denim coveralls. (Crow just has feathers on, for ease of flying.) I loved the luminous colors, applied with sponges, especially as the sun dips lower. This is a winning picture book that is sure to inspire adventures on the lazy days of summer.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of the German author will be thrilled to see another work by him.

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? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA

Date of review: August 14, 2022

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