I would like to recommend to you an amazing book! I love picture books so much, I think they are intelligent and beautiful – I am only jealous that my own illustrating ability is not even close to matching the wonder of this book:
“Tuesday” by David Wiesner
I had never heard of this book until it landed on my desk at work a couple of years ago, it was a freebie from the local authority as part of the National Year of Reading. I instantly fell in love with it and went out to buy my own copy!
David Wiesner is predominantly an illustrator, but “Tuesday” shows off the ingenuity of the almost wordless book in all its glory. It was published in 1991 by Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin Co.) and almost overnight won critical acclaim and love from the American market. This book has won countless awards including the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1992. (Caldecott Award info: http://www.randolphcaldecott.org.uk/, also see the American Library Association,http://www.ala.org/ )
The book begins, “Tuesday evening, around eight.” These are pretty much the only words in the whole book. The story is simply moved on by various references to time . . . and by following the path of the mystic floating frogs!
We don’t know how it happens or why, that’s part of the magic. All we know is that during the sleepy hours of small town American life, frogs from a nearby pond begin to fly!
In a series of truly beautiful and entertaining illustrations, the frogs chase birds and dogs, float past windows and into homes, through washing lines, reeking havoc where ever they float!
Until eventually, the inevitable happens and the magic ends, leaving some very disgruntled frogs back in their pond, and some very confused humans! But wait, next Tuesday, something else is learning to fly!
The illustrations are astonishing – so realistic! David Wiesner is a true genius at his craft.
The book itself is not only fab to have at home as a book to be cherished and loved, but the teacher in me sees so many options! Obviously it has the appeal to young children due to the lack of words, but it does encourage them to talk and discuss what is going on, to suggest other activities that could be happening at the same time. It also appeals to older children a Primary as it is surreal and magical, the key draws of any work of fiction! It is a fabulous writing prompt, helping children to put description onto paper, without the influence of already given words.
This is quickly becoming one of my all time favourite books, I urge you, find a copy! Buy it, borrow it, just experience it! I swear, you will be captivated from the start!