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Looking for Yesterday

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  31 reviews
How can tomorrow ever be as good as yesterday? Boy doesn't think it can be and puts all his scientific knowledge to use, trying to work out how to go faster than the speed of light and make time go backwards. His grandad discovers him exploring the garden looking for wormholes, a possible shortcut back to yesterday - and reassures him that tomorrow will hold great experien ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published 2017 by Old Barn Books
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Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
How many of us haven't mourned directly or indirectly when a wonderful, enjoyable day comes to a close? How many of us haven't wished that it didn't have to end or that we could go back and experience it all again? That's what happens in this story of a boy who desperately wants to go back to yesterday. So much so that he tries to build a time travel device. This doesn't work of course, so he turns to his grandfather for help. His grandfather shares some of his past wonderful memories and then g ...more
Alex  Baugh
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
A young boy wishes he could return to yesterday. It was his best day, a day spent with his Grandad, having all kinds of fun and he wants to live it all over again. He spends some time trying to think of ways to go back, like traveling faster than the speed of light to travel counterclockwise, building a time machine, or a super hypersonic rocket. But in the end, nothing seems very plausible, so he asks his Grandad for help. Wise Grandad pulls out his photo album and shows his grandson all the wo ...more
Dimity Powell
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-lit
More points for the whimsy-filled illustrations that ensnare detail beautifully and support this story of living for the here and now. The message, delivered by a small boy's grandad that it's fine to cherish and remember the past but not to dwell on it, is portrayed with heart and good humour. Warm and buttery. ...more
Aug 12, 2019 rated it liked it
What a great reminder - don't live in the past - but live for today! It's simply-told and wonderfully-illustrated! Take time to share it with a young one - and live in the here and now! ...more
Sandy Brehl
I love that this unique picture book opens (before the title page) with a quotation from Walt Whitman:
"Happiness...not in another place but this place, not for another hour but this hour."
What an ideal launch to this boy's earnest memory that "Yesterday was the best day." On each surreal double spread his memory of an amazing day spent with his grandfather leaves him long to go back in time, then calculating how he can make that happen. His evident knowledge of science integrating the speed of l
Perhaps we all have a "yesterday" we would love to return to. Alison Jay's story starts at the beginning with this boy who tells his wishes and uses as many scientific ideas as possible to time travel back to "yesterday" which in his mind was "the best day". He calculates the speeds he must travel, tries to find a 'super hypersonic rocket' or a black hole, but with no luck. Jay's illustrations show ice cream and kite-flying, plus whimsically exaggerated pictures of dinosaur and airplane rides a ...more
J.L. Slipak
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

Love the cover! The artwork is so sweet.

This author/illustrator is a true visionary. I enjoyed this story and can see it appealing to young readers. Time is explored as are the importance of memories and looking forward to the future.
There are parts of the book, however, that focus on older minds' topics like the speed of light.

Therefore, I'd recommend an older reading group for this one. Thankfully, the accompanying illustratio
Stacy Renee  (LazyDayLit)
Looking for Yesterday is a sweet story of a boy who wants to go back to yesterday (the very best day,) and his grandfather, who shows the boy that there are many amazing days both behind and ahead of us!

This book will greatly appeal to curious and scientifically minded children and adults with its quirky mentions and illustrations of time machines, rocket ships, and wormholes.

The inclusion of an older grandparent that has a lifetime of stories of their own helps put time and our want to relive
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous picture book with a theme of looking forward not back and enjoying everything life throws at you. Our main character, a young boy, had such a great day the day before he is desperate to go back in time and relive the day again. His wise grandfather persuades him that he shouldn't be living in the past however but enjoying each new day that comes along. The pastel coloured illustrations have much charm and the way that the text is integrated into the curves of the pictures is attractive ...more
Abby Johnson
A boy explores nostalgia as he searches for a way to get back to yesterday, a really great day. When his grandpa finds out what he's doing, he shares some of the adventures he's had over his lifetime and reminds his grandson that there's no going back, only going forward towards adventures to come. Alison Jay's signature whimsical style lends itself beautifully to this exploration of nostalgia, especially the spreads she does with crackle paint. ...more
Love this book and its message. Hard to classify it for a shelf though! The little boy is trying to find out how to go back to yesterday because it was the perfect day. He tries all kinds of ways but then talks to his grandpa who explains there are many perfect days and to try and live this day and make it the best day. a book for adults and children!
Yvette Mendez
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Heidi Burkhart
The idea was cute, but I find that my grandkids aren't so interested in what happened to their grandparents...just too remote. A good application for this book might be to use it as a writing prompt for kids to get them thinking about things they treasured in the past, but what they can look forward to in the future. ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some days are just perfect. And you want to relive them over and over. But sometimes, all the time machines and tricks in the world aren't what you need. Sometimes, a memory just needs to be a memory, so you can make time for more. A simple message for kids. Perhaps even a more powerful reminder for adults. ...more
Simona GB
Sep 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 30-children
Science, adventure and nostalgia come together in this tender story about seizing the day. The science details are somehow hard to grasp for younger children, while if you read the book to older ones, they might find the illustrations too childish.
Rebecca Ann
Jun 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: pb-k-2nd
This was a charming little story about nostalgia, time travel, and the relationship between grandparent and grandchild. It passing along the message of appreciating the past but focusing on the present.
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The illustrations are striking--a mixture of realism and magical realism/imagination. The story offers a simple but clear explanation of why someone might long for the past while reminding children that 'now' can offer new memories to cherish. ...more
Nix Hamilton
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautifully illustrated book with a deep message about enjoying the memory of past experiences without them overshadowing the value of living the present.
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
A review of this little charmer and a handful of other books from our local children’s library:

Edward Sullivan
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
A lovely mix of science, nostalgia, and whimsy in this story with beautifully fanciful illustrations.
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very sweet story about trying to recapture the magic of a perfect day and why that's not necessary. Very sweet and beautiful book. ...more
This is a unique book that will reach children and the questions they may have about wanting to relive a good day gone past.
L.A. James
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great message.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely concept and illustrations but it doesn't quite hit home effectively. ...more
Stacy Jensen
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-pb
We all love our best day ever and this book celebrates that, but also moving forward. I love the final line about today!
3.5 stars
Laura Salas
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
A lovely reminder to look at today!
Apr 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-book, kids, 2020
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Alison Jay’s Looking for Yesterday is a gorgeously heartwarming picture book, with a deeply felt message. With sweet storytelling, fun text placement, and illustrations so full of whimsy; details; and a beautiful classic vibe, little readers will be absolutely captivated by this book.
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alison Jay delivers another winner not only with her classic illustrations but also with a story that celebrates all the wonderfulness the future holds even after experiencing the perfect day.
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Alison Jay was born in Hertfordshire, grew up in Derbyshire and studied graphic design in London where she now lives. After graduating she worked in animation for a short while but gradually started to get commissions in illustration. She works in Alkyd a quick drying oil paint on paper and sometimes adds a crackle varnish to give the work an aged appearance. She has worked in all areas of illustr ...more

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