Perfect Picture Book Friday! Delia’s Dull Day by Andy Myer

WOO! ANOTHER 2 HOUR SCHOOL DELAY! YAY!!!

Let’s celebrate! It’s PERFECT PICTURE BOOK FRIDAY!!!

Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it has a great message!

deliahs2Delia’s Dull Day: An incredibly boring story

Written and Illustrated by Andy Myer

32 pages – ages 4+

Published by Sleeping Bear Press on September 1, 2012

Theme/Topic- Imagination / boredom

Genre- Realistic Fiction

Opening and Synopsis-  Taken from the inside jacket

“Poor Delia, nothing ever happens to her. Her life is so dull, dull, dull. But perhaps if Delia decided to look up or turn around, she’d see…

the elephants marching through her house… the pirate sitting behind her on the school bus… or even the submarine that rises to the surface right after she leaves the pool!

If Delia ever paid attention she’d realize her life is quite exciting after all!”

Why I liked this book – I love how Delia is *that close* to having an interesting day – if only she’d just look around and pay attention! That is a part of what makes the book hilarious to me. The other part is that Delia looks almost EXACTLY like a classmate of mine! 🙂 Mr. Myer has successfully written a book with a lot of humor, and teaching a lesson, without preaching it. The lesson is great – just look around and you’ll see all kinds of cool stuff going on. I love how Delia is walking to the bus-stop playing on a game console or something and totally missed the hot air balloons right above her or how she’s watching a TV show about aliens but misses that her house is actually invaded by aliens!  This is a great book for kids of all ages! After all, who hasn’t felt like Delia?  😀

Activities and Resources –

I think hidden picture games is a great activity to go along with this book. You can find free printable hidden picture sheets at Squidoo by clicking HERE.

Animal camouflage pictures are a good way of showing kids they are missing something. For example, look at this picture of some sand  and rocks –

fish

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Pretty boring huh? But ask the kids if they see the fish in the picture! You can find all kinds of cool animal camouflage pictures by just googling it.

To learn more about Mr. Myer and his other books, please visit his website HERE.

To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!



Categories: Age 1-5, Age 6-9, Perfect Picture Book Friday

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40 replies

  1. Sounds very funny! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. You found some treasure with this one, Erik.

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  3. I love hidden pictures! And you are right that preoccupations often make us miss a lot. This book reminds me of THE MAN WITH THE VIOLIN.

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  4. Here’s hoping you don’t have a dull day with school out and all. Perhaps you can fling a few snowballs or make a snow angel. I look forward to reading your pick.

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  5. I doubt there is little that you miss, Erik. What a wonderful book to share today. I think it applies not only to children but to adults too. Good book for parents and kids to read together. Great review!

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  6. Cute story! Most of us are “that close” to seeing the fun in our regular day. Look around, people!

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  7. Well, we all know that your two-hour delay day wasn’t dull at all :). Fun review, thanks ETGE!

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  8. Cool pic, Erik, we all need to be reminded of this sometimes!

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  9. Erik, this looks really cute. Will try to pick it up at the library. Thanks for reviewing.

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  10. the title is just too funny… and a great way to tell a story by focusing on what it’s not (which is “boring”). Thanks for sharing – will try to find it.

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  11. What a fun, book, Erik! And I love the hidden image pics, too. Thanks for sharing with us. . . .

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  12. I love this message. It’s perfect for kids who say, “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do. There’s nothing interesting.” Which is what my kids say and maybe all kids.

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    • Thank you Ms. Wenjen! I don’t say “bored”! (I used to, but not now. There is always SOMETHING to do… Plus, saying “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do. There’s nothing interesting” in our house would just set us off to work-land. 😉 )

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  13. Great book for kids but grown ups could learn from it too. We get so busy we miss some exciting things around us..

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  14. Great book to review to remind everyone to be more aware. Can’t see the “forest” for the “trees” or can’t see the “trees” for the “forest”? Love your resources and activities! Nice job, as always, SuperKid!

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  15. Oh! This book “looks” stupendous!! I know that I can sometimes walk down a hallway at school and some kids never see me! Incredible!

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  16. The title screams this is not boring! Thanks for sharing this.

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  17. This sounds like a book that needs to be in EVERY house. 🙂 Great activities and post, Erik. Have a great week.
    ~CM for the S&K Gang

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  18. Erik, I loved this review!! I want to buy and read this kids’ book right now!! What a wonderful message! Kids and adults need to see and temember we have roses all around us!! You have been gifted with special insight for someone so young!! Keep up the great work!! Love from Grammy Pags of Grammy Pags Stories

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  19. Oh I love picturebooks where the images provide a complete counterpoint to the text! I shall try to look for this book as an example to share with my students in my new course. I have a collection of picturebooks with exactly this theme of artwork adding a different layer of complexity to the narrative.

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