by Annie Cronin Romano
Mia wants to play with her big brother, but he is always busy. Does Mia pout? Beg? Whine? No. Instead, Lola Schaefer’s delightful ONE BUSY DAY (Disney/Hyperion Books, 2014) depicts Mia’s ability to pass a gleeful day using her own creativity and imagination. Magically illustrated by Jessica Meserve, Mia has one adventure after another, eventually catching the attention of a particular sibling who realizes that playing with his little sister may be more exciting than he first thought. Schaefer and Meserve take the reader on a delightful journey into the magic of a child’s imagination. The text and illustrations blend seamlessly to convey an enchanting tale of the changing dynamics between siblings. ONE BUSY DAY is picture book for children ages 3-5. Get your hands on ONE BUSY DAY and enjoy a story to inspire the imagination.
Schaefer’s use of text is crisp, fresh and rich in imagery. She uses alliteration subtly and effectively. ONE BUSY DAY is a solid example of using minimal text with maximum impact in a picture book format.
For more information about Lola Schaefer’s work, visit her website at www.lolaschaefer.com. To learn more about Jessica Meserve, visit her website at www.jessicameserve.com.