Nothing Ever Happens on a Gray Day

Chronicle. Sept. 2023. 44p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781797210896.
PreS-Gr 2–This book takes readers on an adventure over the course of an allegedly bland day. One rainy day, a young girl is bored with nothing to do. Imagination and adventure eventually take over when she hops on her bike and rides through town. She passes an empty public pool and a deserted playground, only to find herself at the edge of a forest. She plays in a burbling brook, slides down a steep incline littered with dry leaves, explores an abandoned tree house, and discovers that her imagination can create a world where anything can happen on a gray, dreary day. Snider’s illustrations give a beautiful and dreamy aura to a mostly slow story where not much happens. Readers will enjoy seeing the subtle details throughout the book: dogs barking in the background and a squirrel sprinting up a tree. The poetic way Snider tells the story complements the beauty of the drawings on each page.
VERDICT Fans of Leo Lionni and Suzy Lee will thoroughly enjoy the imagery found in this story. A recommended general purchase.

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