Reviews for Perfect Day

Booklist Reviews 2012 December #2
The perfect day is a snow day, and Berger, with very special art, portrays it as perfect indeed. Using a delicate collage made from old paper ephemera--catalogs, notebooks, letters, and newspaper and book pages--the look is distinctive. As for the story, well, it's more of a mood. A group of children, almost puppetlike in appearance, run through the snow: Emma is the first to make tracks, Leo skies, Sasha and Max throw snowballs at Oscar. Snowmen are made; snow forts are built. Frozen ice is ready for skating. Then all the children make angels in the snow. Throughout, the focal point is the hilly whiteness. Kids, and even a towering snowman, decorate rather than become the center of attention. Only the double-page spread of 18 diminutive children waving arms and legs into angels is enough to blank out the snow. Readers will love looking at the pictures again and again; there will always be something new to notice--including the faint writing on the snow, courtesy of its former provenance. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Fall
An omniscient narrator describes how children spend one snowy day: "Sasha and Max showered Oscar / with a wild flurry of snowballs, / while Willa climbed to the top of a big mountain," etc. Alas, because this hymn to winter is plotless, the gorgeous cut-paper collages don't add up to more than the sum of their picturesque parts.

Kirkus Reviews 2012 October #1
A charmingly illustrated catalog of things to do in the snow, Berger's latest nonetheless lacks a narrative to hold it together. After a gentle snowstorm, people come out to enjoy some winter fun. "Emma got to make the first tracks in the snow… // but then Leo whooshed by on his skis. // Otto got lost in a deep drift. // Sasha and Max showered Oscar with a wild flurry of snowballs…." And so it continues--a loose collection of winter activities, characters' names blending together and becoming meaningless in their sheer number--19 by the end, none repeating. They climb to the top of a snow mountain; build a fort and snowmen; sled; ice skate; make snow angels; and even open an icicle stand. As dusk descends, the warm lights guide them toward home, warm clothing and hot chocolate. The muted colors, clothing styles and sparse details in both the illustrations and the text lend this a retro feel that is echoed in the old-fashioned sleds and skates and the rustic, small-town setting. Berger's now-trademark illustration style is much in evidence here, white ephemera providing a snowy backdrop, while collaged elements give a 3-D, scrapbook effect. Quirky characters sport pointed orange noses and round heads like snowmen, making each one seem like a combination person/bird. With no story to follow, readers are not likely to ask for rereadings, however masterful the images. (Picture book. 2-5) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 October #3

"The whole world was white," writes Berger in this hushed vision of a snowy day. Berger's collages, however, are no simple "white": her hilly snowscapes are crafted from lined paper, handwritten ledgers, and typewritten pages in creamy off-whites and pale yellows. Berger follows the activities of various children with birdlike faces, layered in winter plaids, before they "go home to warm hugs and dry clothes and steaming hot chocolate." The pared-down prose both suggests the quiet stillness of a winter afternoon and lends itself to thoughtful consideration of each spread. Lovely. Ages 4-8. Agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (Nov.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 October

PreS-Gr 2--Berger is captivated by the look of the landscape after it has snowed and the interest that lines, shapes, textures, and light add to the view. Her cut-paper compositions build snow-covered hills with ledger-book paper that has been brushed with paint; the pale blue script and lines show through, adding depth and mystery. The text floats down with the flakes in the opening spread. On the following pages, tall bare trees and, later, glowing lampposts add a vertical dimension to the horizontal world. Children emerge singly and in small groups. First the focus is on footprints and the lines from skis and skates. Then it is on the fun of throwing snowballs, making snowmen and forts, and sledding. The climax is a spread of 18 snow angels, after which the youngsters proceed to their respective homes, which are spread out on the hillsides as in a Currier and Ives scene. Berger's brief narrative describes the children's actions; it is the pictures that convey the wonder. A quiet celebration of a phenomenon that transforms everything it touches.--Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library

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