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Lilly's Big Day (Mouse Books)

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  1,618 ratings  ·  129 reviews
Mr. Slinger has big news.
He's getting married.

Lilly has big plans.
She's going to be the flower girl.
(Lilly has always wanted to be a flower girl.
Even more than a surgeon or a diva or a hairdresser.)

But what's the biggest,
the best,
the most perfect thing of all?
You're invited to the wedding -- so start reading!
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Greenwillow Books
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Jaclyn Giordano
Lilly’s Big Day by Kevin Henkes is a picture book intended for readers in preschool through grade three. I gave it three stars. Lilly, a young mouse, is excited when her teacher, Mr. Slinger, is getting married. Lilly dreams in excitement of being the flower girl at his wedding, but is full of disappointment and sadness when Mr. Slinger’s niece, Ginger, is the flower girl on “Lilly’s big day.” However, Lilly becomes Ginger’s assistant, and her role in Mr. Slinger’s wedding turns out to be one o...more
Lilly’s Big Day
5 out of 5 stars

Henkes uses shades of pink and purple, mainly, throughout the book. There is a definite, “girly” feel to the book. The illustrations are outlined with thick, black lines. This creates negative space around the text. Some illustrations were not outlined, which allowed the reader’s eye to focus on and travel from image to image. The bright end papers gave the reader an idea of how colorful the book would be. Text was inserted above the characters to indicate how the...more
Jeana Wert
I loved this book.I knew i would like it after we read "Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse" in class. It was funny to me that Lilly automatically thought she was going to be her teacher's flower girl. I guess every little girl would hope for the same thing. I like in the book how there are pictures and words that are scattered throughout the page, like when she was practicing walking down the isle. I also liked that Lilly didn't fully end up getting her way, but she learned her lesson and helped Ginge...more
This book was amusing. Lilly reminds me of Junie B. from Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus or Gooney Bird from Gooney Bird Greene or Clementine from her series, especially if I can imagine any of those girls as mice. She's definitely got the slightly bossy, exasperated child act down to a science. She wants so badly to be the flower girl in a wedding she has no business being in that an understanding adult decides to make it happen for her in a slightly altered fashion. That's another goo...more
In this book, Lilly is told her teacher is getting married and she wants to be the flower girl. This follows her on her adventure to be the flower girl and all that occurs alongside this.
The illustrations in this book really stood out to me. They make the reader feel as though they are getting a direct window or snapshot into the characters' life, which to me is incredibly appealing. They also vary in size and where they occur on the page, which makes the book much more interesting. The storyli...more
Jul 29, 2010 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a sweet story about a little girl with big ideas. Lilly wants to be a flower girl and takes it hard when things don't go her way. But Lilly finds a way to make her dreams come true and all ends well. Our girls enjoyed this story.
Rosa Cline
Mr Henkes does a wonderful job at writing his children books. The stories are always interesting and attention getting. I personally don't like the "Lilly" character but that's just my personal preference but still read her books to my granddaughter. Lilly seems to always want to get her way and when she doesn't (to me)has a fit until she gets her way. In this story she wanted to be and WAS going to be the flower girl at her teachers wedding. Although he already told her his niece was going to b...more
Lily wants to be the flower girl for her teacher's wedding, but is disappointed when he picks a relative.
J.D. Corrigan
Kevin Henkes gets a big thumbs up from The Librarian Uncle with Lilly's Big Day. The book is nicely illustrated and the story is superb. Although Lilly is heartbroken that she is not chosen to be the flower girl in her teacher's wedding, and sadly she wishes Ginger, the chosen flower girl bad luck, she comes through for Ginger when she most needs it. The book teaches children that you do not always get everything you want, but that it's important to support others, especially in their time of ne...more
(NS) Brea M
Kevin Henkes, Lilly from Lilly and the Purple Plastic Purse returns in this delightful story. Exciting news comes when Lilly finds out her teacher, Mr. Slinger is getting married. Lilly is convinced that Mr. Slinger will ask her to be the flower girl. She practices walking down the aisle, smiling, and holding the bouquet. Unfortunately the job instead goes to Mr. Slinger’s niece Ginger. In order to ease the devastation, Lilly is offered the job of Ginger’s assistant. Although she secretly wishes...more
Lilly’s teacher is getting married and Lilly is sure she will get to be the flower girl. When Mr. Slinger lets her know that his niece, Ginger, is doing the job, Lilly pouts until he offers her the job of Ginger’s assistant, making sure she gets down the aisle. When Ginger freezes up, Lilly saves the day by carrying her down the aisle! Lilly’s personality shines through. (Preschool-Kindergarten)

Curriculum Connection: This book shows a variety of emotions: from happiness and excitement to hurt fe...more
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Tony Lewis

Title:Lilly's Big Day
Author:Kevin Henkes
Illustrator: Kevin Henkes
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publishing Date: 2006
ISBN Number:0-06-074236-4

Summary: Lilly is a mouse who is very set on being the flower girl at her teacher's wedding. She practices at home and at school for being the worlds best flower girl. She is heartbroken when she finds out it is going to be Mr. Slinger's niece Ginger who will be doing the job. He persuades her to be a flower girls assistant and she accepts although she is n...more
Shelby Fungone
The illustrations in this book were spectacular! I loved how the book's story was in sync with the pictures, both giving different views of the same story. Lilly's teacher is having a wedding and you can immediately see the excitement that Lilly has for it light up on her face because she automatically assumes that she will be the flower girl. She goes through happy moments in this book where you can see repetitively her in her bedroom practicing how she will walk down the aisle. I loved that yo...more
Stephanie Davis
This book is definitely a favorite of mine. Lilly's teacher is getting married, and she decides that she will be the flower girl in his wedding. Later in the book, she is crushed to find out that her teacher's niece will actually be the flower girl, and Lilly will only be allowed to be the assistant. During the ceremony, the flower girl got nervous before walking down the aisle, and Lilly walked down with her. This is important for all kids to learn. The illustrations were adorable in this book....more
Dominique Cupp
This book was designed to help children figure out that they should not be so selfish. Lilly decided that she was going to be the flower girl for her teachers wedding. This was very selfish of Lilly because when she found out that her teacher wanted his niece to be the flower girl. Lilly was very sad when she found out and actually angery. The ending of the book LIlly and Ginger, the teachers niece, become good friends. The books shows children that they should not hold grudges and that everythi...more
This is a cute book. What I like is that Lilly, is just like a real human girl. I think it makes it easier for girls to relate to a mouse cartoon than if it were a real human.

Lilly favorite teacher is getting married and she assumes she will be the flower girl. Instead it is going to be Ginger, Mr Slingers Niece. Lilly is a good sport about it though is disappointed but in the end she saves the day! !
Nov 26, 2013 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: funny
Lily’s Big Day is one of the many books that feature this adorable little mouse that I remember reading when I was growing up. This specific Lily story is about when her teacher Mr. Slinger is to get married. Lily immediately decides that she is going to be the flower girl and is consistently trying to show her teacher that she is the one fitting for the big job. Finally, Mr. Slinger tells Lil that she can assist his neice as flower girl. When something unexpected happens at the wedding, Lily is...more
Kellie Eckert
Lilly's Big day is a fiction picture book and an ALA Notable Children's Book. Intended for pre-K through 3rd grade with a Lexile of 660. If used for younger audiences it would most likely need to be read aloud.
The story is about a little mouse, Lilly, who wants to be the flower girl at her teachers wedding.
I would recommend using this book for a author study of Kevin Henkes. He has many great books that could be used and a wonderful website full of idea.
The illustrations are done in watercolo...more
I love how Lilly thinks she's going to be the flower girl at her teacher's wedding, and how when her parents try to get to her to be more realistic, she says she understands but totally doesn't. I love the illustrations when Lilly saves the day and carries Ginger, the real flower girl down the aisle after she freezes! So funny!
Marissa Reyes
The text Lilly's Big Day by Kevin Henkes is more centered to the liking of a young girl because it depicts the events of a wedding. The illustrations throughout the book are bright and vibrant and could honestly stand alone if the words were not present, and still get the authors story line across. The reader can easily relate to Lily because every young girl wants to feel special and be the center of attention. So being a flower girl is the closet thing to that yearning of magical uniqueness wi...more
Angelina Perez
Owen is a little mouse who takes his fuzzy yellow blanket everywhere he goes. Everywhere Owen goes his blanket is right by his side. His parents are concerned because he is about to start school and he cannot take is blanket with him. Everyone who has had a favorite blanket or toy can relate to this story and the emotions that Owen was feeling. The author is famous for his book on mouse characters. I love all his books because I really like to look at the emotions of the mouse characters. If you...more
Lilly's Big day is about Lilly's desire to be the flower girl at her teachers wedding. She has high hopes that she will be asked to be he flower girl and is very disappointed when she finds out that her teacher's niece will be the flower girl instead. When her teacher sees her disappointment, he asks her to be his niece's assistant. Lilly convinces herself that it's a very important job but she can't stop wishing that she was the flower girl. In the end, Lilly gets her wish, sort of.

Overall, cu...more
Danielle Harriger
PB 26: I loved this book because I think Henkes creates loveable characters that you can relate to. For example, much like Lilly’s exaggeration of the wedding being the biggest day of her life, I think many young children get their hopes up about unrealistic situations. I can remember that as a child, I would make illogical assumptions, but I would firmly believe them to be true. Thus, this text is powerful due to the fact that Henkes is able to display the emotions and tendencies of a child in...more
Olivia Bailey
Another one of Kevin Henkes Lily stories. Her Lily is having her big day! She wants to be apart of her teachers wedding as a flower girl. This is a cute book that students, especially some girls, can relate to. Henkes has a way of writing that connects to children. Students can write about a big day that they have experience.

This book teaches that everything does not happen how we want it to. We must be hopeful and be a "good sport" about how things happen. Lily was sad that she could not be the...more
Emily Mogg
I loved this book because I used to read Kevin Henkes when I was little and it took me back to those days. This book was cute because it described this little girls excitement to become a flower girl and the way she worked hard and ended up accomplishing that goal.
Ginny Marie
When Lilly discovers her teacher, Mr. Slinger, is marrying the school nurse, she is determined to be the flower girl at the wedding. She practices over and over in her room, wearing attire suitable for a flower girl. Mr. Slinger breaks it to her gently; his niece is to be the flower girl. But Lily is heartbroken, so Mr. Slinger makes her the flower girl assistant. Flower girl assistant just isn't the same, and Lilly isn't sure how she feels about her role in the wedding. The big day arrives, and...more
Samantha Sebastian
This is one of three books I chose that I have never read before. I have read over books about Lilly, but never Lilly's Big Day. This book has a good lesson behind it that is valuable to all children, and even some adults. I feel this lesson is that you can't always get what you want. Lilly wanted to be the flower girl in Mr. Stringers wedding, but it turns out that his niece Ginger was already filling that spot. Lilly had to learn to be okay with this decision, and still make the most out of th...more
Lilly's Big Day is not my favorite of Henkes' mouse books, but it's every bit as cute! I think that Lilly's stories are so easy for children to relate to because they contain concerns or lessons that children often face. When Lilly's beloved teacher announces he is getting married, Lilly assumes she will be the flower girl- naturally! She is disappointed to hear that Mr. Slinger's neice will fill this coveted role instead. Lilly manages to stay in the spotlight on the big day by rescuing the flo...more
Oh, this book is just so much fun to read!
Lilly is an excellent, fully developed, fully funny character whose natural thought processes are both illuminating and hilarious in every possible way. Somehow, at the very same time she seems to take life so seriously and also so very lightly, a paradoxical mix that more than hints at the inert genius writing ability of Kevin Henkes.
Enjoy this book, and its light, pleasantly funny, enrapturing story about Lilly's desire to be the flower girl at her...more
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Kevin Henkes became an author/illustrator when he was nineteen years old, working on a card table in his bedroom.
Today he's the author of many award-winning picture books and novels.
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