Good Day
by Nesquens, Daniel; Lora, Miren Asiain (ILT)

Visiting his best friend, a tiger, at the zoo every day, a cat confesses that he would like to be big and strong like the tiger, who orchestrates a daring escape under the stars after revealing that he is desperate for the cat's freedoms. Illustrations.

Daniel Nesquens has been writing children's books for over ten years. He has published more than thirty titles, including Mister H (Eerdmans) and My Tattooed Dad (Groundwood). He loves infusing his stories with humor and magical realism. Daniel lives in Spain.

Miren Asiain Lora grew up in Spain, where she studied fine arts at the University of the Basque Country. Her artwork has been shown in several exhibitions in Spain, Argentina, and Mexico. In her illustrations, Miren works to convey the magic of everyday life. She lives in Buenos Aires.

A tale of longing, friendship, and the power of freedom. Originally published in Spain as Un buen día, this story features two unusual friends, a well-dressed cat and a tiger inhabitant of a retro-style zoo. The tiger lives in a rounded cage, where he is stared at by crowds of visitors, next to an elephant, monkeys, birds, and more—also in cages. The tiger longs for the wild, where he could roam as he pleased. The cat wants his friend to be happy and eventually finds a way to help him fulfill his dream. In so doing, the cat discovers a new friend at the zoo. Muted illustrations depict the zoo in a panorama that scrolls from spread to spread, giving readers a view of the exhibits. However, the design, which lays the zoo's cages out in a line at the bottom of nearly all spreads that don't depict the tiger's natural habitat, while reflective of the monotony of zoo life, is repetitive and lacks interest and variety. One illustration—in which the tiger seems to act out his wish to leave the zoo—offers viewers an intri guing set of images laid out in vertical panels. Straightforward, dry dialogue belies the depth of the friendship between the tiger and cat. As a result, this story may need a grown-up to help young readers grasp the subtle humor. An understated and perhaps too-quiet friendship story. (Picture book. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus 2019 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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