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Lilly's Big Day (Mouse Books)

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  2,737 Ratings  ·  172 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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Now, it has been a long time since I had read a book from Kevin Henkes’ famous “Mouse” series since I had so many other children’s books to get through over the years. Many of the books from the “Mouse” series had an everlasting place in my childhood nostalgia as I used to read these books when I was little and I was surprised that there was a newer book from Kevin Henkes’ “Mouse” series called “Lilly’s Big Day” which seems to be a conclusion of a sort to Lilly’s story!

Mr. Slinger, Lilly’s teach
Nov 11, 2016 Cheryl rated it liked it
Lily is not my personal favorite of Henkes' characters, nor is this the best Lily book, imo. But she's 'real,' and Henkes understands her well. Evidence: when a shop clerk says that Lily is "adorable," Grammy mutters, "In small doses." Maybe the best audience for this is not your own little diva, but her younger sibling.
Jul 29, 2010 Dolly rated it liked it
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.
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
Nov 10, 2009 Katie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pb-same-artist
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
Jeana Wert
Oct 13, 2013 Jeana Wert rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 18, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
Lilly never ceases to amuse me with her strange ideas and kooky outfits. This book was no less amusing. I especially liked the climax of the story, which called upon Lilly to think up the perfect solution. I was very impressed with how she handled it and I broke out into a smile when I figured out what she was going to do. I would recommend.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
Aug 14, 2009 ABC rated it really liked it
Shelves: younger-kids
Lily wants to be the flower girl for her teacher's wedding, but is disappointed when he picks a relative.
Gianni Llano
Jan 13, 2015 Gianni Llano rated it liked it
Lilly's Big Day, was a good and entertaining read. It's great for explaining how something bad could turn into something good after all.
Jul 14, 2014 Kaethe rated it liked it
Shelves: read-aloud
As much as I like Lilly, I hate member-of-the-wedding stories. Especially flower girls. It's unreasonable, but there it is.
Gabbie Capote
Dec 06, 2016 Gabbie Capote rated it liked it
This book is about Lily’s teacher, Mr. Slinger, getting married and that she wants and even expects to be the flower girl. She starts planning in her head and telling everyone that she is going to be a flower girl. She’s always daydreaming about being the flower girl at the wedding. She later gets told that she isn’t going to be the flower girl because then all the girls in the class will want to too, so just Mr. Slinger’s niece will be the flower girl. She has a hard time accepting the fact tha ...more
Nov 12, 2012 Laurie rated it really liked it
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Donna Mork
Jun 20, 2017 Donna Mork rated it really liked it
About accepting it when you can't have your way, and being able to help out when needed.
Feb 22, 2017 Alexandria rated it really liked it
From the title one would be inclined to think that the story that follows would actually be about a big day for Lilly but that is not the case. Lilly's teacher, Mr. Slinger, is marrying Ms. Shotwell, the school nurse. Lilly had always wanted to be a flower girl and sees this as being her chance. After her parents discover what she is up to they try to tell her not to get her hopes up to high because he may have a niece who will be his flower girl. Lilly lets the conversation go in one ear and ou ...more
Gwen Grespan
Sep 13, 2016 Gwen Grespan rated it it was amazing
Goodreads #3
One day Lilly’s teacher tells the class that he is getting married to the school nurse and Lilly immediately assumes that she will be the flower girl in the wedding. She goes home that night, dresses up and practices walking back and fourth in her bedroom. Lilly’s parents explain to her that it is likely that the teacher has a niece that will be the flower girl in the wedding and not to get her hopes up. However, that does not stop Lilly from believing she will be the flower
Shelby Fungone
Sep 08, 2013 Shelby Fungone rated it it was amazing
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
Megan Nelson
Jan 31, 2016 Megan Nelson rated it liked it
One day during class, Lilly's teacher, Mr. Slinger, tells his class that he is going to get married. Lilly is so excited for the wedding, but she is mostly excited to be the flower girl (or so she thinks). Lilly spends a lot of time perfecting her flower girl walk and looks (she is a very glamorous little mouse), but it turns out that Mr. Slinger's niece, Ginger, has been chosen to be the flower girl. Lilly is very upset, but Mr. Slinger offers her the role of "flower girl assistant", which she ...more
(NS) Brea M
Oct 22, 2009 (NS) Brea M rated it it was amazing
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
Lauren Brink
Apr 23, 2015 Lauren Brink rated it it was amazing
This book is about a little mouse named Lilly. Lilly’s schoolteacher Mr. Slinger announces to his class that him and the school nurse, Ms. Shotwell, are getting married. Right away Lilly gets the idea that she is going to be the flower girl in their wedding. She goes home that day and tells her mom and dad that she is going to the be the flower girl and they try to reason with her that maybe Mr. Slinger has a niece that he would rather have be the flowering girl in his wedding. Lilly won’t have ...more
Aug 14, 2014 Matthew rated it really liked it
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
McKenna Banks
Feb 13, 2016 McKenna Banks rated it really liked it
This is another of Kevin Henkes' books that centers on Lilly as the main character. I love the character of Lilly because she is so true to how little kids really are. She is sassy and jealous and loves very very much. This book is about Mr. Slinger, Lilly's beloved teacher, getting married. Lilly assumes she will be flower girl and is so excited. Her parents try to warn her that she probably will not get chosen, but Lilly will not hear it. Mr. Slinger does end up choosing a family member to be ...more
Tony Lewis
Mar 01, 2012 Tony Lewis rated it really liked it

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
Jacinda Castro
Jan 28, 2016 Jacinda Castro rated it really liked it
Lilly, a young mouse, wishes to be the flower girl at her teacher's wedding. She is sure that she would be picked as flower girl, however, someone else turns out to be instead, and Lilly ends up becoming her assistant. Although she is at first disappointed with her new role, Lilly makes the most of what she is given, and ends up having a big part to play during the actual wedding. I believe many children would really love this book, and especially with a character such as Lilly. Children can con ...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
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
Nov 24, 2014 Andrea rated it liked it
This story is about a mouse named Lily who wants to be a flower girl for her teacher’s wedding, but can’t. So instead she ends up being a flower girl assistant for her teacher’s wedding. The wedding ends up being a success with the help of Lily. This is one of my favorite books from Kevin Henkes because it teaches young children how to deal with emotions. Even though Lily was disappointed at first because Ginger got to be the flower girl and not her, Lily was able to make the best out of the sit ...more
Nov 25, 2013 Emily rated it really liked it
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
Sep 30, 2014 Julia rated it it was amazing
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
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
Brielle McKenna
Sep 06, 2016 Brielle McKenna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rdng350
Lilly's Big Day is an awesome read! The story followed a young student whose teacher is getting married! Lilly decided she would be the flower girl. However, her teacher already had someone else in mind. Her teacher came up with a brilliant idea! He told Lilly that she would be able to be the flower girl's assistant. A very grumpy Lilly came to find that she would be able to would be okay with assisting little Ginger down the isle.

I would highly recommend this book to students who have had a di
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