An Animal's Day Off

Children - Animals
34 Pages
Reviewed on 03/14/2021
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Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers' Favorite

What would it be like if animals got a day off from being their regular selves? In An Animal’s Day Off by Jacqueline Vollat, we get a chance to see what they might do. A variety of animals from kangaroos to monkeys experience something completely different than their normal life. Kangaroos might have a sweet tooth and want to eat candy all day. Swans may want to get out on the slopes and enjoy the wintery weather. In each vignette, they are joined by a smiling little brown-haired girl who participates along with them. Each double-page spread is illustrated beautifully.

Jacqueline Vollat has written and illustrated a wonderful magical book. The illustrations are so bright, colorful, and joyful. I love the variety of animals that are depicted from aquatic to forest to farm. The rhyming story will be a pleasure to read aloud at storytime or bedtime. Kids will love turning the pages to see what animal is coming next and will laugh out loud at some of their antics. I especially enjoyed the turtle being tickled and wiggling out of his shell! The story flows effortlessly and will inspire kids to think about other animals and what they may want to try. Because kids are familiar with many of the animals and their typical behavior, they will be in on the joke and laugh at seeing a rooster racing or a walrus traveling. An Animal’s Day Off will be a delightful addition to any school, public or personal library.