For Just One Day - Thao Lam
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For Just One Day

For Just One Day

For Just One Day

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Like a moth to flame, one cover drew me to it when I spotted it on the shelf on my last trip to the library. It was a burst of yellow sunshine among dozens of books – literally, the book jacket was painted in vibrant yellow, my favorite colour. Keep reading…

I am a BIG FAN of Marc Boutavant and was thrilled to discover this book sitting on a library bookshelf: For Just One Day, written by Laura Leuck and illustrated by the super duper talented Marc Boutavant. Who hasn’t played pretend that, for just one day, they could be a chimpanzee or a porcupine or even giant whale? Letting your imagination run wild, what would you be for just one day? I would be a giraffe with my head held high, wearing a beautiful spotted coat.

This story is cute as a button. It’s written in rhymes, so it has a wonderful rhythm to it. Though encouraged to play pretend, readers are reminded in the end that it’s best to be themselves thanks to the lovely added touch of a mirror on the last page, so the reader can see him- or herself as someone special.

Sitting down with one of Boutavant’s books is like being a kid in a candy store, because the pages are full of so many eye-popping colours and things to see. There is no better example of this than in his book Around the World with Mouk, which was previously profiled on B is for Books. For Just One Day is another treat for readers, filled with similar quirky characters, all doe-eyed and bobble-headed. Saturated in colour, with fine lines and grainy texture, his illustrations are so sweet.

For Just One Day, a children’s book review by Thao Lam

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Author Laura Leuck

There is very little information on author Laura Leuck. If anyone out there has any info, please share.

Illustrator Marc Boutavant

If you’re looking for information on this illustrator, you’ll be sorely disappointed. However, if you’re looking for inspiration, just do a Google image search on Marc Boutavant and get ready to be dazzled.

Publisher Chronicle Books; 1st Edition 1st Printing edition (August 19, 2009)

ISBN-10 0811856100

ISBN-13 978-0811856102