A playfully poetic book about the passage of time, Monday tells the story of three friends.
Monday is our main character, and as we move through the days of the week, he becomes smaller and smaller until Sunday, when he virtually disappears in a snowstorm. His two friends go off to look for him. They, too, move through the days of the week as well as the seasons of the year as they search for their friend. In the end, they finally find him, and he is just a bit different—as we know, no one Monday is the same as the next.
There are five different weights of paper used in this book, and as the reader moves from the lushness of spring into the browns of autumn and the icy whiteness of winter, the paper becomes thinner and thinner, creating a tactile experience for readers as they move through the story.
9.2" (W) x 12.5" (H) • 36 pages • HC
AWARDS AND REVIEWS
Silver Medal Winner of the 3X3 Illustration Award
Voted a 2004 Best Picture Book of the Year by Lire Magazine
A 2005 IBBY Honor Book
“A picture book that makes mysterious poetry out of the days of the week and the seasons of the year. Most readers...may find the moody, beautifully composed illustrations mesmerizing.” ―The New York Times
”Herbauts's deft illustrations subtly define the passage of time that brings the story full circle. As the seasons change and Monday disappears in the snow, the heavy bond paper gradually becomes thinner. Dents and dimples in it, combined with watercolor paintings, create the storm, and when Monday disappears, he can only be ‘seen’ by feeling the impressions in the paper that indicate where he once stood. The unique visual and tactile techniques enrich the poetic text, combining to create a deeply profound story that contemplates the idea of pining away for yesterday and wishing for tomorrow.” —Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, School Library Journal
“This playful and original picture book takes three friends through the days of the week as well as the seasons of the year.” ―jellymom.com
“The collage and raised pictures along with the puns, word play and clever vocabulary make this a page turner and a very interesting book.” ―Janet, Brock Elementary School (Arlington, TX)
“The illustrations are brilliantly simple ... Some unexpected surprises come with this book as well: textured snow, a welcoming die-cut cover, pages of varying thickness, and an oddly dimensioned house.” ―Curled Up With a Good Kid’s Book