What Happens on Wednesdays (Hardcover)

By Emily Jenkins, Lauren Castillo (Illustrator)

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374383039, 40pp.

Publication Date: July 5, 2007

List Price: 16.00*
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A preschooler marks the progress of her day, not by the clock but by what happens after lunch, after nap, after swimming, after the library - and after Daddy comes home. She doesn't map her neighborhood by street signs, either. Her morning walk to see dogs in the park takes her past the cat outside the deli, past her friend Errolyn's building and the daycare where she used to go when she was little, and down the block to the bagel store.  The sounds, tastes, smells, and sights of a multiethnic Brooklyn neighborhood, as seen through a child's eyes and captured with enchanting pictures by debut illustrator Lauren Castillo, will encourage children to make their own sensory maps and list the events in their daily schedules.

About the Author

EMILY JENKINS is the author of many acclaimed picture books, including two "Boston"" Globe"-"Horn Book" Award Honor Books, "Five Creatures" and "That New Animal." She lives in Brooklyn, New York. LAUREN CASTILLO received her master's degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and also lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Praise For What Happens on Wednesdays

"The voice is pitch perfect."—The New York Times "Finding the transcendent in the ordinary . . . The story's central emotions about familial love and joyful, daily milestones will speak to children everywhere."—Starred, Booklist "A preschooler's ingenuouslength narration of her day is a catalogue of the sweetly ordinary sights and events that make up the lenght and breadth of her reassuringly stable world."—Starred, Kirkus Reviews "Radiant mixed-media art by a debut illustrator captures the warmth and candor in Jenkins's sparkling slice-of-life tale."—Starred, Publishers Weekly “Castillo’s slightly impressionistic mixed-media illustrations give viewers a real feel for the youngster’s Brooklyn neighborhood.”—School Library Journal “It's a valentine to the city and the pleasures of everyday life.” Bloomberg News "Readers . . . will be glad to be reminded of the joy to be found in everyday routines."The Christian Science Monitor "A sorting... of a full and busy life in a familiar neighborhood...this offers [kids] a model of how they might map their own days and ways."—Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books