A Perfect Wonderful Day with Friends

A Perfect Wonderful Day with Friends
Co-Authors / Illustrators
  • Melody Shaw
Publisher Name
Gecko Press
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Release Date
August 02, 2022
A big-hearted picture book about outdoor adventures on the perfect sunny, summer day.
This feel-good and joyful book captures the warmth and fun of a spontaneous summer day with friends, where one lovely activity leads to another until they all go back home to bake a cake (two cakes!) to finish. 

Raccoon decides to bake an apple cake. But he has no eggs, so visits his friend Fox, who needs a ladder to mend the roof. Badger will have one, but he needs help too, so they set off to find Bear. They stroll through meadows, meet up with Crow, nibble blackberries and find Bear fishing at the river. Soon the five friends are having the best day out―the sun shining on their fur, fishing, swimming, picnic and finally home to bake the cake―two cakes, because bears have big appetites. 

A Perfect Wonderful Day with Friends is a picture book to instantly capture the heart. Laconic narration, funny dialogue and exquisite illustrations tell the story of a carefree childhood day and evoke nostalgia of summer’s spent playing outside, fishing, climbing trees and swimming. The repetition of language and lyrical text make a fun and satisfying read aloud - allowing children to join in. 

Perfect to celebrate the start of the summer school holidays. Wonderful to read aloud together in the sunshine. 

Philip Waechter was born in Germany. He lives as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator in Frankfurt am Main known for his beautifully classic illustration style. In 1999 Philip and Moni Port co-founded the community studio LABOR. 

Translated from the German edition by Melody Shaw.

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lovely story about friendship
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A PERFECT WONDERFUL DAY WITH FRIENDS is a sweet picture book about friendship. Raccoon is bored and decides it is time to bake an apple cake. However, he's out of eggs. He knows that Fox has eggs, so he goes over to ask him. However, Fox is struggling to repair her roof, because she needs a ladder. Badger has a ladder, so they head over, but Badger is working on a crossword about honey. Bear knows about honey, so they set out to find Bear. On each step of the way, the animals think about how perfect it is while they are spending time with each other. They finish their day completing all the tasks before making apple cakes.

What I loved: This is such a sweet story about the magic of friendship. The book captures all the fun of simply spending time with those we are close with and going with the flow. This is a very soothing read with the animals going with the flow on each step of the way and finding happiness in shared experiences. They all ultimately have the goals of helping each other, and it's great to see how they end their day by making sure each of them gets the help they needed with shared tasks. The illustrations are colorful and lush, bringing each of their houses and personalities to life.

The amount of text on each page is great for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary school readers. The pages turn as quickly as the reader would like, with several short ones to keep it moving quickly. Details in the images give children plenty to explore as they read.

Final verdict: A lovely story of friendship, A PERFECT WONDERFUL DAY WITH FRIENDS is a softly told and gentle picture book that will work well for young readers.
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