Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Summary: Ava’s mom works six days a week, so Saturdays are extra special for the two of them. They love to go to the library’s story hour, get their hair done, and have a peaceful picnic in the park. This week they’re going to a special one-day-only puppet show. But when Saturday arrives, everything starts to wrong. Story hour is canceled, their hairdos get soaked by a passing bus, and the park is filled with noisy people and animals. Worst of all, they barely catch the bus to the puppet show, only to discover that Mom left the tickets at home. “I ruined Saturday,” she says. But Ava sees it differently. “Don’t worry, Mommy. Saturdays are wonderful…because I spend them with you.” They head for home, where they both have the same idea: to kick off their shoes and spend the rest of the day making their own puppet show. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: A simple, but heartfelt story that every harried parent will embrace. The gorgeous collage illustrations are sure to be Oge Mora in the running for another Caldecott recognition this year. Happy Saturday!
Cons: A six-day work week.