I Hate Badurday! Saturday Is Dadurday by Robin Pulver
AFTER THE TWINS WERE BORN, MIMI AND DAD HAD AN IDEA FOR THEIR FAVORITE DAY.
IT CAME AFTER FRIDAY, AND MIMI AND DAD CALLED IT DADURDAY.
With newborn twins, Mom is totally busy, and Mimi feels left out.
So Dad steps into the breech and offers to spend all day Saturday doing things they both like to do. After sharing their custom-designed silly-shaped pancakes, the two of them read the comics in the newspaper, and then each makes out lists of fun ways to spend the day. They compare notes, choosing matching things on both their lists. They ride bikes and make silly-shaped picnic food. When it rains they stomp in puddles and get happily wet.
Dadurday is Mimi's BEST day of the week.
But one day Dad regretfully announces that he's going to be working on Saturdays for a while.
"BUT WHAT ABOUT DADURDAY!" MIMI ASKS.
"IT WILL STILL BE DADURDAY WHEN I GET HOME!" DAD OFFERS.
"IT WON'T BE THE SAME!" MIMI MOANS.
At first Mimi is stunned into a major meltdown. Daduday is SADurday.
Dadurday is MADurday!
Dadurday is BADurday!
Mom promises to play with Mimi if the twins ever go to sleep at the same time, but Mimi knows that's probably not going to happen any time soon. Mimi wants Saturday to be HER day again.
"TODAY SHOULD BE MIMIDAY! ME! ME! ME!"
But after a while, Mimi calms down and decides that she's going to make the best of it as Dad said. Working on Saturday is definitely a lemon, but she sets to work making some Mimi lemonade!
And when a dispirited and tired Dad finally comes home, Mimi has artistic decorations and party hats to welcome him back and silly-shaped pancakes on the griddle for his supper, in Robin Pulver's just-in-time-for-Fathers-Day book, Saturday Is Dadurday (Walker, 2013). Mimi is an ebullient girl with a mind of her own, but she soon gets it that it's not all about her just in time to make it a Dadurday after all. R. W. Alley's watercolor, pencil, and ink illustrations keep the angst light while capturing the real emotions that Dad and Mimi share. Sometimes things are beyond mom and dad's control, and Mimi rises to this occasion with admirable flair.