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Book Review: Being Edie Is Hard Today

by Dawn Stoops | Jun 19, 2019
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Being Edie Is Hard Today
Here's a new picture book I just fell in love with!

Here's why:
  1. It's a kind of modern day Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
  2. The story is relatable yet has an element of fantasy, like when Edie's hands become polar bear hands.
  3. The pictures are unique. There's not a ton of color, but the patterns and details are captivating.
  4. The Emoji faces above each character work so well. For the first part of the book, the actual characters don't have facial features. You can tell how they feel from the words of the story and the Emoji above their heads. Then when Edie and her mom start to talk about how they feel, the Emojis are replaced by facial features.
  5. The ending isn't all rosy, but a realistic and touching interaction between mom and daughter with a hope for 'a little fluffier' day to come.
Being Edie Is Hard Today would make a great bedtime read, a classroom read focusing on feelings and emotions, or a book for adults who enjoy the creativity and beauty of children's books. It's also my pick, thus far, for the 2020 Caldecott Award!


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  • Dawn is a librarian, mother, and crafter who loves stories and art, so it’s only natural that she loves kids’ books the best (with cookbooks a close second).
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