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Donovan's Big Dayby Leslea Newman
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Donovan's two moms are getting married, and he can't wait for the celebration to begin. After all, as ringbearer, he has a very important job to do. Any boy or girl with same-sex parents—or who knows a same-sex couple—will appreciate this picture book about love, family, and marriage. The story captures the joy and excitement of a wedding day while the illustrations show the happy occasion from a child's point of view.
"Newman, who broke new ground with Heather Has Two Mommies (1989), returns with an overly earnest and curiously constructed story about a child's role in his same-sex parents' wedding, which follows such books as Uncle Bobby's Wedding (2008) and Mom and Mum Are Getting Married (2004). Newman doesn't reveal whose wedding it is until the final pages, instead devoting most of the story to lengthy descriptions of Donovan's preparations and observations. While she may have intended to build narrative tension before letting readers see that it's Donovan's Mommy and Mama at the altar, in reality it means wading through pages of run-on sentences that read like an instruction manual: 'He had to tuck the little white satin box that Aunt Jennifer gave him into his inside jacket pocket and keep track of it at all times and not shake or crush it or squash it or lose it no matter what.' Debut artist Dutton's digitally enhanced gouache paintings are bright and upbeat, clearly empathizing with the green-eyed hero's seriousness and pride. It's less about gay marriage than a child's wedding preparations — no matter who's getting hitched. Ages 4 — 7. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWxyz LLC)
About the Author
LESLÉA NEWMAN has written over 20 books for children including the best seller Heather Has Two Mommies. She has received many literary awards and is currently the Poet Laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts.
MIKE DUTTON has worked on children's books, comics, coloring books, landscape paintings, and video game art. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Alex, and their cat, Raven. He is an active blogger.
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