On a Magical Do-Nothing Day

Beatrice Alemagna

On a Magical Do-Nothing Day
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On a Magical Do-Nothing Day

Beatrice Alemagna

A compelling, magical picture book with whimsical, stunning art and heartfelt, charming text, from award-winning illustrator Beatrice Alemagna.

All I want to do on a rainy day like today is play my game. My mom says it’s a waste of time, but without my game, nothing is fun! On the other hand, maybe I’m wrong about that… While reading On a Magical Do-Nothing Day, one gets the sense that the illustrator became lost in her drawings, and as a reader, you will want to do the same.

Perfect for fans of picture books by Julie Morstad, Carson Ellis, Jon Klassen, and Tomi Ungerer. From the creator of The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy and A Lion in Paris.


Dropping their electronic game into a pond wasn’t part of the plan for the child sent outside to play in this book. Sad for them, but this little mishap unlocks a day lined with adventure and gentle surrealism, as they explore the natural world and embrace an older form of play. When artist-author Beatrice Alemagna was a child she adored Pippi Longstocking. And there is more than a touch of that free-roaming hero in these beautiful pages. And, like Max in Where the Wild Things Are, the adventuring child returns home, to a place familiar yet subtly changed.

Mike Shuttleworth is a children’s and YA specialist at Readings Hawthorn.

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