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National Regular Average Ordinary Day

Penguin/Workshop. Jun. 2020. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781524792404.
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K-Gr 2–Peter is bored with the games he and his friend, Devin, play every day. Instead of suggesting something new, Peter gets angry and stomps home. Even more bored at home, Peter decides to celebrate and rate a new holiday every day. This works well until a day arrives with no holiday: “But if there was one thing Peter had learned, it was that anything could be a holiday. All he had to do was make one up!” His imagination takes over and a box he is sitting in becomes a racecar, a rocket, and a ship. When Devin rides by doing tricks on his bike, Peter apologizes for his previous behavior, and the two of them spend the afternoon playing typical kid games while the rest of the neighborhood joins in. Ultimately, Peter learns to appreciate what he has. The casual writing tone and the silly holidays that Peter celebrates make for a fun read-aloud. The cartoon-style illustrations are humorous and may inspire kids to invent some new holidays of their own.
VERDICT A bright and serviceable addition to library shelves.

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