Monday, September 10, 2012

Guest Reviewer: Zoe Gets Ready

by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic) | May 2012

“On school days, soccer days, and rainy days, someone else always decides what Zoe will wear.” 

But today? “Today is a Saturday, and that means Zoe gets to decide.” With her little sister, a brown and white stuffed horse, and the family dog in attendance, Zoe empties the entire contents of her closet to figure out what outfit is suitable for a day like today. Is it a pocket day? A twirling day? A cart-wheeling, exploring, blending-in, or standing-out day?

As the pile of clothes on the floor grows ever larger, Zoe’s little sister and their pooch end up in all sorts of odd contortions and colorful outfits while Zoe daydreams about what might be. An exploring day requires gloves and shorts, a touch-the-sky day calls for boots, while a standing-out day must obviously be accompanied by a long, red scarf. 

The text is succinct and expressive with a youthful and imaginative voice that makes each page turn exciting. Every spread is a full-page bleed, with colorful illustrations in changing points of view that pull the reader right into the action (inside of Zoe’s head and out). On the penultimate spread, Zoe decides that it’s an everything sort of day, pulls together the perfect ensemble and, be-winged, chases a butterfly into the white background. 

Siân Gaetano is, before all else, a reader. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in Children’s Literature at Simmons College (to be finished in  Summer 2013) and working evenings serving the good people of Boston food and beverage.

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