Synopses & Reviews
Changes and separations in a young childs life are less worrisome with the help of playful rituals in this sweet, reassuring picture book.
Everything is an adventure when Orlando and his mommy spend the day together: drawing a picture, taking a walk, even having a snack. Then comes Thursday —the day Mami has to be busy in town. Remembering this makes Orlando sad, until Papi reminds him about all the super, super things that can happen when theyre together on a Thursday! Emma Magentas gently quirky narrative and fresh, charmingly naïve illustrations evoke a true toddler sensibility, while weaving a cocoon of love and security around young Orlando in a story as comforting as a mug of warm, frothy milk.
"Ideal for a very young audience, Australian author/illustrator Magenta's deeply reassuring story stars a boy who does without his beloved Mami every Thursday. 'Mami will be back tonight,' says Papi to Orlando on Thursday morning. 'In the meantime, let's play!' Orlando has a couple of shaky moments--'I look around to show Mami,' says Orlando after proudly riding his tricycle down a ramp, 'but then I remember that today is Thursday.' Papi plays his Magic Drum for the tearful Orlando, who dances to the beat: 'I feel much better,' he says. 'That is why it is called the Magic Drum,' says Papi. Orlando, Mami, and Papi are drawn as childlike stick figures; they look as if they might have come from the hand of Orlando himself. Simple backdrops in reds, greens, and blues represent Orlando's house and neighborhood with cut-out shapes and cheerful labels ('Beep! Beep!' say some unsteady black letters across the page beneath a car). Magenta succeeds in putting her arms around Orlando's small, safe world and conveying its warmth. Ages 3 5. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
About the Author
Emma Magenta is the illustrator of actress (and fellow Australian) Toni Collettes picture book, PLANET YAWN. She is also the author-illustrator of three picture books for adults. ORLANDO ON A THURSDAY was inspired by the daily happenings with her two greatest loves: Orlando, her gorgeous son, and her beloved husband, Arturo Aguirre, with whom she lives in Sydney, Australia.