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A playfully poetic book about the passage of time, Monday tells the story of three friends.


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A playfully poetic book about the passage of time, Monday tells the story of three friends.

30 review for Monday

  1. 4 out of 5

    Abigail

    Described by a friend as very "conceptual," Anne Herbauts' Monday is a poetically-worded picture book, with fascinating illustrations and textured pages that invite young readers to touch... Although a little bit vague on what the actual concept might be (the passage of time, perhaps?), I was so dazzled by the brilliant illustrations that I didn't much care... The author's clever play on words - Monday's two friends are named Lester Day and Tom Morrow - was a nice touch... Overall, I would say Described by a friend as very "conceptual," Anne Herbauts' Monday is a poetically-worded picture book, with fascinating illustrations and textured pages that invite young readers to touch... Although a little bit vague on what the actual concept might be (the passage of time, perhaps?), I was so dazzled by the brilliant illustrations that I didn't much care... The author's clever play on words - Monday's two friends are named Lester Day and Tom Morrow - was a nice touch... Overall, I would say that this is the sort of deceptively simple story that will reward longer reflection. But as a picture book for young children, for whom it would seem intended, I am not sure that it will succeed.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    If Gertrude Stein was writing and painting for children, this might be what she'd come up with. Great, inventive fun. The story gets clunky but is secondary anyway to the fantastic art

  3. 5 out of 5

    KC

    I absolutely loved the illustrations in this book but the story seemed a bit confusing for a children's book. I did enjoy the seasons and how each had a "personality"

  4. 4 out of 5

    Dasha

    This is a very sad book. As such I am not sure how children would take to it - although children seem to be a lot more resilient to sadness then adults I find. I was reading a book to my 9 year old sister in which the main character lost both of his parents and went to live with a mean stepmother and I was completely depressed and enveloped in empathy - how would I feel if my both my parents died and I had to go live with someone who didn't love me? I was worried that my sister [who is actually This is a very sad book. As such I am not sure how children would take to it - although children seem to be a lot more resilient to sadness then adults I find. I was reading a book to my 9 year old sister in which the main character lost both of his parents and went to live with a mean stepmother and I was completely depressed and enveloped in empathy - how would I feel if my both my parents died and I had to go live with someone who didn't love me? I was worried that my sister [who is actually quite sensitive:] would start to worry about that as well - would have nightmares - etc etc [I would get in trouble with my stepmother:] - but SHE DIDN'T CARE, didn't ask me one questions about it. I digress. This is a very sad book - that I absolutely adore for its beauty and the way the pages turn like a piece of music - there is a page that's completely quiet. Someone who writes a book with one page that's a pause deserves 5 stars in my book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emmy

    Imagine that each season had a personality. Well, that is exactly what happens in Monday, by Anne Herbauts. Here is a Monday, a curious creature who travels through the days of the week and the four seasons with his friends Lester Day and Tom Morrow. Monday is a friend to the seasons too, spring is green and gustful, summer is golden and content, autumn is wild and confounding, and winter is cold and silent. From the cutout house on the cover to the textured snow flakes of the page, this is Imagine that each season had a personality. Well, that is exactly what happens in Monday, by Anne Herbauts. Here is a Monday, a curious creature who travels through the days of the week and the four seasons with his friends Lester Day and Tom Morrow. Monday is a friend to the seasons too, spring is green and gustful, summer is golden and content, autumn is wild and confounding, and winter is cold and silent. From the cutout house on the cover to the textured snow flakes of the page, this is tactile book has quirky and creative paintings that will ignite imaginations. I enjoyed the explanation of death and renewal in the seasons of the year, and the surprise ending! Monday by Anne Herbauts.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Krista the Krazy Kataloguer

    Maybe I'm missing something here, but I really couldn't tell what this book was about. The middle part, where the seasons came in and spoke, was nice, especially winter. But the rest didn't make sense to me. I also didn't care for the illustrations, despite the stippling of the white snow on the pages near the end to represent snowflakes. Was Monday supposed to be a penguin or a man with a penguin head? What's with the teapot named Lester Day (yesterday)? If someone can enlighten me, I wish they Maybe I'm missing something here, but I really couldn't tell what this book was about. The middle part, where the seasons came in and spoke, was nice, especially winter. But the rest didn't make sense to me. I also didn't care for the illustrations, despite the stippling of the white snow on the pages near the end to represent snowflakes. Was Monday supposed to be a penguin or a man with a penguin head? What's with the teapot named Lester Day (yesterday)? If someone can enlighten me, I wish they would!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    I'm puzzling over the meaning of this poetic picture book, but as always, Anne Herbaut's artwork dazzles and her creative, tactile use of paper delights. I didn't realize this until I read about it in a review, but as the story progresses, the pages go from thick paper to thinner and thinner paper to reflect the falling action in the story. Original and thought provoking. (Okay, and maybe a little mystifying...)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Beautifully illustrated, but I think something must be lost in translation here. It starts out as kind of a witty story about a penguin(?) named Monday with his friends, Tom Morrow and Lester Day. Then it goes into a poetic part with all the seasons and Monday is covered in snow so his friends can't find him. He ends up in his house. If it's confusing to a 30-something, how in the world is my 4 yr old supposed to understand it? And how would I explain it to him if he asked?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Natalie Aristy

    Beautifully illustrated and written. There's a lot going on here that parents will appreciate but they may end up appreciating it more than their children. The allegory is probably far more sophisticated than the picture book audience for which it seems intended.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    i didn't understand it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Viktorie

  12. 5 out of 5

    Martina Verdelli

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

  14. 4 out of 5

    Claire Lou

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nat

  16. 4 out of 5

    MaryJo

  17. 5 out of 5

    Paula Farmer

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stefania

  19. 5 out of 5

    Martina

  20. 5 out of 5

    Maria

  21. 5 out of 5

    Baiha

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brandee

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

  24. 4 out of 5

    Madeline

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mary Catherine

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda BeReckonedwith

    beautiful and non-sensical. not for everyone. probably not for most children.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tristy

  29. 4 out of 5

    MarĂ­lia Bia

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ene

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