Forever or a Day by Sarah Jacoby

Forever or a Day

Written by Sarah Jacoby
Illustrated by Sarah Jacoby

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April 2018 Debut of the Month

Sarah Jacoby’s beautiful book is proof that picture books can cover the most profound subjects in ways that speak to readers of all ages. Nothing less than the passage of time is the subject of Forever or a Day, how it can go at different speeds, and what’s important for us all to understand. The story is delivered through the eyes of a young child, short, lyrical lines of text beneath elegant watercolour illustrations of family life, first in the city, then in the countryside on a trip to see the grandparents. Images of the daily commute, and holiday train journeys illustrate time’s different speeds, alongside beautiful scenes of sunrises, sunsets and night skies. Time can be a drum beat, a whisker twitch, lost or found, and the answer to the question ‘Can we stay longer?’ is ‘I love the time I have with you.’ A rich, moving meditation on an eternally absorbing question, this is a book to keep forever. ~ Andrea Reece


Forever or a Day by Sarah Jacoby

In a poignant conversation, as elegant as a poem and as perfectly paced as a mystery, an unassuming narrator charts the course of a single day by interrogating the elastic nature of time through a series of questions and comparisons that reflect both a parent's and a child's perspective: Those seconds that count in catching the bus. The idyllic hours that slip by so quickly during a perfect day on the lake. The summer days that disappear into blissful happiness.

Inviting comparisons to Virginia Lee Burton and Margaret Wise Brown, this book's musings on time are at once simple, peaceful, and profound-the work of a truly genius picture book maker.


Big questions, simply put and answered. as well as they can be. - Kirkus Reviews

Sarah Jacoby's ethereal exploration of time rushes like a passing train, shimmers like a setting sun and allows us, just for a moment, to appreciate the beauty of standing still. - Sophie Blackall, Caldecott Medal-winning and New York Times-bestselling illustrator of Finding Winnie

This book is a glittering, thoughtful journey into the meaning of what makes time so special. - Julia Denos, creator of Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color

This is such a beautiful book. Simultaneously captures the vastness of time and space and the intimacy of the present moment with both humor and grace. Read this book with someone you love. - Corinna Luyken, creator of The Book of Mistakes

Forever or a Day is a timeless beauty. - Christian Robinson, New York Times best-selling and Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Last Stop on Market Street

It's time the world discovers the ethereal brilliance of Sarah Jacoby. - Zachariah OHora, illustrator of the New York Times bestseller Wolfie the Bunny

Poetic, mysterious, and beautifully illustrated. Unlike anything else. - Carson Ellis, Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Du Iz Tak? and Home

The book is quietly magical. I think I held my breath from beginning to end while I waited for your landing. It's a perfect ten. What a lovely way to express foreverness in all of its importance. - Shadra Strickland, illustrator of Loving Vs. Virginia

This book about time feels timeless. On each page I was transfixed by its enchanting images and poetic prose. - Lane Smith, Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Grandpa Green and It's a Book

About the Author

Sarah Jacoby's illustrations have won awards from the Society of Illustrators (Gold Medal), Creative Quarterly, and Communication Arts. This is her first book as both author and illustrator. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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40 pages


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Chronicle Books

Publication date

27th March 2018




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