Sterling Children's Books

Some Days

By Karen Kaufman Orloff (Author), Ziyue Chen (Ilustrator)


Format Hardcover Picture Book


Some Days

by Karen Kaufman Orloff, Ziyue Chen



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“Some days are chocolate pudding pie days.  
Kites up in the sky days. 
Jumping super high days.”
This rhyming picture book—from the author of the bestselling I Wanna Iguana series and Miles of Smiles—is a moving, powerful, delightful exploration of a child’s shifting feelings.
 Come along and follow a year in the life of a young boy and girl as they discover their many different and ever-changing emotions, including joy, fear, anger, jealousy, excitement, pride, disappointment, loneliness, and contentment. As children read about “angels in the snow days” as well as “need my mommy now days,” they’ll begin to understand how to cope with both positive and negative feelings.
“We all have our good days and bad days. Two children, one cued as a girl and the other as a boy, navigate the ups and downs of everyday emotions. ‘Some days are chocolate pudding pie days. / Kites up in the sky days. / Jumping super high days.’ Each double-page spread is narrated in similar rhyming triplets and is brightly illustrated with cartoon stylings that are dedicated to celebrating simple joys. There are a few extraordinary experiences—‘Some days are picking out a pup days,’ in which the children are at an adoption center, literally dog-piled by adorable puppies—that cause the rhyme to spread out over multiple spreads. The primary focus, however, is on emotions commonly experienced at school, home, and other public places. More importantly, it acknowledges that ‘Some days are feeling kind of mad days,’ in which the girl scribbles angrily with crayons, and ‘Feeling all alone days,’ which shows the girl sadly curled up in bed with her bunny. . . . The title concludes with ‘Learning to be me days,’ signaling that these emotions are ongoing and natural. The girl has pale skin and long black hair in pigtails, while the boy has brown skin and tightly curled black hair. Whether they are neighborhood friends or siblings in a multiracial family is unclear. . . . celebrates the spectrum of a child's experiences.” —Kirkus

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Karen Kaufman Orloff is the author of many books for children, including Goodnight, Little Bot, illustrated by Kim Smith, Miles of Smiles, illustrated by Luciano Lozano, and the popular I Wanna series, illustrated by David Catrow. Some Days is her 11th book. Karen lives in Dutchess County, NY with her husband and family. Visit her online at

Ziyue Chen (pronounced as Zzz yuair) is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design where she received her BFA with Honors in Illustration. She previously worked as an animator on projects dedicated to children's art and as a website and print designer. She lives in Singapore.

Pub Date: 3/5/2019

ISBN: 9781454926207

Price: $16.95 / $22.95 CAN

Format: Hardcover Picture Book

Pages: 40 pages, all in color

Trim: 10 x 10 Inches

Territories: World

Category: Juvenile / Picture Books

Age Range: 4 and up

Publisher: Sterling Children's Books

Carton Quantity: 24