*Starred Review* Cartoon characters personifying days of the week are thrown into desperate straits when Sunday, a golden girl with a star in her hair, suddenly quits, saying she's fed up with the heavy expectations put on her. The anxious days try putting up posters all over the land, advertising for replacement candidates who can be "relaxing, tranquil, chill (though not as chill as Saturday)." The days then hold a series of "New Day Auditions," where the presented ideas range from good (a DogDay with puppy giveaways) to bad (WorstVice-PresidentsDay, Shark-Day, Big-BurpDay) to amazing (everyone gets a superpower on FlyDay). The watercolor, colored-pencil, and crayon illustrations by Caldecott medalist Santat intensify the fun and meaning of this romp, with the personified days resembling the characters in Pixar's Inside Out in that they're differently colored, big-headed, and come with embedded clues to their personalities (for example, Saturday is a mellow-looking middle-aged woman whose big sweater has rows of Zs knitted into it). The craziness escalates, with more and more stunts and improbable contestants (like KnightsWhoseWordsAreHerringsDay), until a small act of kindness from a little girl brings Sunday—and order—back, making all the days appreciate each other more. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews
If farm animals and crayons can have labor disputes, why not days of the week? In this amusing spoof of talent competitions by Meltzer (the Ordinary People Change the World series) and Caldecott Medalist Santat, Sunday, tired of being unpaid and unappreciated, quits. While she talks about going off to take up waterskiing and "learn Italian. No, Sanskrit, like the Buddhists," the other days, rendered with the feel of characters from Inside Out, put out an audition call for a replacement. In the chaos that follows, shown in busy comics-style panels, every appreciated possibility, such as DogDay ("Puppies! Dogs! Everyone gets one!"), is accompanied by a slew of rejects, including Big-BurpDay ("Next!"), and increasingly desperate mash-ups ("KnightsWhoseSwordsAreHerringsDay"). But the creators have something more in mind than giving readers a highly inventive tickle. When one of the auditionees offers gratitude to the judges and earnestly suggests "a nice day... when people can show more kindness to each other," Sunday declares herself back in the game, and the weekdays learn to appreciate each other. It's a lovely and apt way to tie a bow on all the preceding silliness, with enough room left over to end on a cat joke. Ages 3–5. (Mar.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.Review by School Library Journal Reviews
Gr 3–5—Every week progresses the same way—Sunday moves through Saturday and circles back again—and it is easy to take the routine for granted. Fed up with the lack of appreciation she feels in her job, Sunday announces that she is quitting! The other days are aghast, but they ultimately follow Monday's lead and move to seek out a new day to take Sunday's place. An audition process begins, inviting submissions from all over; some ideas are terrible, others are fine, but none feel quite right. That is, until one final prospect brings a sentiment to the table that changes Sunday's outlook for the better. Santat's iconic style launches these antics in vivid, expressive illustrations; his pages are saturated with color and, with the funny word-bubble text, give this a graphic novel feel. Myriad characters are used to tell the story, enhancing the silly and chaotic plot. The characters vary somewhat in appearance, in pale tones to technicolor ones. The length of text and subject matter are best suited to older elementary readers and will have them chuckling from beginning to end. Occasional rhymes provide a sing-song quality that appears at choice moments in the vibrant narrative. Enjoyably executed, this story emphasizes the importance of kindness in a world that sometimes forgets. VERDICT This is a dynamic and engaging addition to libraries for young readers.—Mary Lanni, formerly at Denver P.L. Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.
"After Sunday quits being a day of the week, the other days of the week try out all sorts of candidates, until an act of kindness reminds them all that a little appreciation can go a long way"--Review by Publisher Summary 2
The History Channel host and author of the best-selling The First Conspiracy and the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of The Adventures of Beekle depict the chaos that ensues when Sunday quits and her weekday and weekend companions advertise for a special day of rest, gratitude and kindness. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.Review by Publisher Summary 3
This big-hearted story of kindness—reminiscent of The Day the Crayons Quit—is written by the bestselling author of Ordinary People Change the World and illustrated by the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of Beekle.Sunday quit, just like that. She said she was tired of being a day. And so the other days of the week had no choice but to advertise: "WANTED: A NEW DAY. Must be relaxing, tranquil, and replenishing. Serious inquires only." Soon lots of hopefuls arrived with their suggestions, such as Funday, Bunday, Acrobaturday, SuperheroDay, and even MonstersWhoResembleJellyfishDay! Things quickly got out of hand . . . until one more candidate showed up: a little girl with a thank-you gift for Sunday. The girl suggested simply a nice day--a day to be kind. And her gratitude made a calendar's worth of difference to Sunday, who decided she didn't need to quit after all. When we appreciate each other a little bit more, all the days of the week can be brand-new days where everything is possible.