Perfect Day


The definition of sublime:  Lane Smith playing with paint and laughing his head off.

Think of all the things that make a day perfect for you.  It might be sunshine or pancakes or being with that one special animal.....okay, or maybe even that one very special person.

For Bert a perfect day is topping off the bird feeder with plenty of great seeds.  The minute he finishes making his perfect day, he sets off a magical chain of perfect days for others.  Chickadee is having a perfect day with all that delicious seed.  Then come perfect days for cat and dog and squirrel and bear.... bear?  Bear is having a perfect day?  Wonder what that might look like....hmmmm.....

The most glorious light glows off these pages and the sense of playfulness is so utterly reassuring.  You can swim in it.  Until, well,  things get a little bit turned upside down.  But in a perfectly good day sort of way.

This is syrup on pancakes and whipped cream on pie and the smile on the face of a black Labrador Retriever.  Guar-un-teeeed to put a smile on your face!

32 pages    978-1626725362     Ages 4-8

Editor's Note: Full title is: A Perfect Day

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge,


Today is a perfect day for Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and Squirrel.

Cat is lounging among the daffodils. Dog is sitting in the wading pool, deep in the cool water. Chickadee is eating fresh seed from the birdfeeder. Squirrel is munching on his very own corncob. Today is a perfect day in Bert's backyard.

Until Bear comes along, that is. Bear crushes the daffodils, drinks the pool water, and happily gobbles up the birdseed and corncob.

Today was a perfect day for Cat, Dog, Chickadee, and Squirrel. Now, it's just a perfect day for Bear.

Lane Smith uses perfect pacing and vibrant illustrations to emphasize the power of perspective in this hilarious picture book about the goings-on in Bert's backyard.

This book has Common Core connections.---from the publisher


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I love a surprise ending.
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