The first word that popped into my head while reading this book was ‘darling.’ The children, while clearly not perfect, enchanted me with their sailor suits and hair ribbons. And the punishment for behaving so badly to each other? They will not be allowed to press flowers in their scrapbooks for a week. But flower-pressing is their favourite activity! I loved the circular way the story is told, both with the children who go around and round over who is to blame, but also in the way that the end mirrors the beginning. These are good children at heart who just happened to be having a bad day. I’m deeply grateful for The New York Review Children’s Collection for republishing this story and bringing it back into print.
Read it with:
Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
The Backward Day by Ruth Krauss
All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst