Tuesday: A Constant Classic
By David Wiesner
Clarion Books, $17.99, 32 pages
Tuesday is the classic Caldecott award-winning picture book from David Wiesner. The story is comprised of photos only. Each reader sees frogs levitating from lily pads and flying through a suburban neighborhood—terrorizing pets, knocking down hanging laundry, and getting into all kinds of mischief before they surreptitiously dive back into their pond as the sun rises.
One of the most interesting qualities about Tuesday is that the only words are times. This allows each reader to interpret the images in their own way— even giving children who cannot read the opportunity to make up their own narrative to go along with the artistic images. The photos in the book are done in muted colors and with extreme detail. Warts seem to pop off of frogs, and the feeling of nighttime is evident. Aside from an interesting pictographic story, the images are lovely in and of themselves.
The book, though it has been a classic since it won the Caldecott award in 1992, will remain a classic. The images inspire creativity in children, and allow them to come up with their own storyline. Maybe even inspiring them to become authors themselves.
Reviewed by Sophie Sestero