1. Throwback - This book sent me right back to fourth grade picture day! From choosing the photo background to the complimentary plastic combs and, of course, that little stool.
2. The "Perfectly" Page - The unexpected twist!
3. Illustrations - You know a Dan Santat book when you see it and this one doesn't disappoint. There is so much action is his illustrations. It almost seems like we're watching a cartoon. Even the endpaper are fabulous.
4.Point-of-View- This story is told in first-person and I couldn't agree more with the author's choice to do so. It brings us so much closer to the main character's emotions as the story progresses.
5. Page Turns- Diesen does a fabulous job at setting up the page turns here; pulling the reader to flip forward to see what happens next...and it's never what you would expect.
Parents: A fabulously silly story that will have your kids laughing from start to finish! Have a nervous nelly on picture day? This will surely help!
Teachers: The obvious: great book to read on school picture day. Show your kids that anything can be an idea for a story or teach predictions with this text.
Writers: Page turns; twists; voice; great first page