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Tuesday by David Wiesner
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Feb 01, 12

really liked it
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Tuesday is both a strange and fascinating picture book. Wiesner states that the amazing events begin “around” eight o’clock in the evening, an hour when children often go to bed and the dream world begins. Children could look over and over the details to consider what Wiesner is trying to show. There’s evidence that the events did happen: the turtle senses something in the air, the birds are scared, the man eating his sandwich senses something odd coming from his kitchen window, and the dog chases a frog and then is chased. But proof also exists that this didn’t happen: the old woman who senses nothing and the media and law enforcement officer are puzzled over the leaf pads in the street. For the magnificent illustrations, Wiesner makes use of color, shadow, and expression. He inserts close-up pictures with the larger ones placed to show more clearly the expression. The pictures come from different perspectives, such as the turtle, the frogs, the man eating his sandwich, and the dog, etc. All this adds to the cleverness and design of the book. And it is significant that he chooses Tuesday, an ordinary day for most of us, yet something bizarre and extraordinary happens? Then the ending leaves young readers with an entirely new story to consider, all on their own.
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