Becoming a member of the LoveReading4Kids community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unconditional book loving for your children with their favourites saved to their own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop plus lots lots more...

Find out more

A Perfect Day

Written by Lane Smith

Illustrated by Lane Smith

Bedtime Stories for Children Books for Babies and Toddlers Featured Books for 3+ readers

LoveReading View on A Perfect Day

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2018 Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award

Award winning Lane Smith celebrates the simple delights of Cat who loves the warmth of the sun, and Dog who loves the cool of the water, and Bird who loves birdseed. All are set for a perfect day…But then Bear turns up! Suddenly the day looks very different. With almost no words, Lane Smith’s illustrations set the scene of the story brilliantly and then allow the reader to fill in exactly what happens in their own way.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

Other Info

Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for May 2018

Square by Mac Barnett

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

A Perfect Day by Lane Smith

Gaspard the Fox by Zeb Soanes & James Mayhew

Wonder Goal! by Michael Foreman

The Sand Dog by Sarah Lean

The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

Plantopedia by Adrienne Barman

A Perfect Day Synopsis

A warm, funny picture book about a group of animals and their (not so) perfect day in the garden, from beloved author and illustrator Lane Smith. Whether basking in the warmth of the sun, nibbling on a fresh yellow corn-on-the-cob, or cooling off in a clear pool of water, it is a truly beautiful afternoon for all . . . what could possibly go wrong?

In this follow up to the beautiful Kate Greenaway Medal-winning There Is a Tribe of Kids, Lane Smith's bright and fresh artwork combines with his sharp wit and enormously appealing characters to create a story full of playful chaos. Inspired by Lane Smith's real life encounter with a marauding bear, A Perfect Day is a perfect picture book for story time.

A Perfect Day Press Reviews

The perfect introduction for children to learn about perspectives and differing points of view. This use of block-printing proves striking and immersive illustrations - the reader can feel the warmth of the sun and the cool of the water.   Carousel Magazine

Smith, with his signature humor, masterfully fills the spreads with Bear's immense scale and endearing antics, capturing each comedic beat with text repetition and expressive illustrations   Kirkus

Smith's artwork is a riot of color and texture-forceful brushstrokes evoke animal fur, and gestural flowers create blasts of color in the landscape   Publishers Weekly

A simple but entirely clever story  Reading Zone

If you loved this, you might like these...

What We'll Build
12 Days of Christmas
There's a Mouse in my House
While You're Sleeping

All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781509840564
Publication date: 03/05/2018
Publisher: Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781509840557
Publication date: 23/02/2017
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509840564
Publication date: 3rd May 2018
Author: Lane Smith
Illustrator: Lane Smith
Publisher: Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Genres: Bedtime Reading
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks

About Lane Smith

Lane Smith is the creator of a shelf of books, including the New York Times bestselling It's a Book and its companion, It's a Little Book. The beautiful Caldecott Honor-winning Grandpa Green can also be found there alongside his brilliantly quirky collaborations with John Scieszka: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and The Stinky Cheeseman and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. He has also illustrated Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach and collaborated on the conceptual design of the Disney movie adaptation. In 2012, the ...

More About Lane Smith

More Books By Lane Smith

Cover for Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
Cover for There is a Tribe of Kids by Lane Smith
Cover for A Perfect Day by Lane Smith
View All Books By Lane Smith

Share this book