Nice illustrations and good premise that struggles to come together
Apr 5, 2010
It's obvious the story is trying to tell the reader something and teach about something important, but it doesn't get there. First, it's told in poetry form that feels forced in making words rhyme. The other reviews list excerpts of the rhyming, which should give you an idea of what to expect from the book.
Some lines perplex more than move the story forward. The product description says the story is about acceptance, respect and understanding. But it barely touches these for both my six-year-old and me.
On some pages, the story sounds almost religious while on other pages it doesn't. This says the story is trying to be too many things to everyone. I wanted to like the story, but reading it to my six-year-old felt awkward as we struggled with the bumpy flow.
The book has lovely illustrations and did evoke a discussion. But I had to work at building a discussion around the story. The premise of a boy waking up one day finding the whole world reverse, turned upside down is a good one, it just doesn't come together.
A little boy wakes up to find what was up is now down, where the sun should be is now the moon; everything is chaos in his bedroom. My son really loved this story. When I asked him what he would rate it, he instantly replied "5 stars!" I asked him to tell me what he loved about the story and found that he and I liked the same things. The idea behind the story is great and the pictures that go along with the narrative are not only colorful, but a little bit silly and fun. It … more
McClure, Brian D. "The Up Down Day", Universal Flag, 2007. Acceptance, Respect and Understanding Amos Lassen "The Up Down Day" looks like a children's book but it is so much more--it has a strong message about acceptance, respect and understanding and it is a book that all of us could stand to read several times. McClure uses metaphors and a series of reversals that take us on a journey of what life can be like when everything … more
What a wonderfully quirky mind this author, Brian D. McClure has, and what a wonderful ability the illustrator has been blessed with in order to interpret the author's thoughts and words. This is quite a team and I am truly impressed. A young man tell his tale and begins: The strangest thing happened before I was a teen, and it's never happened again, at least that I've seen...just that time, and for only one … more
Though the uplifting rhymes and profound messages of acceptance, respect and understanding, author Brian D. McClure educates and entertains children, parents and grandparents in his book The Up Down Day. Though a series of metaphors and the law of reversal, this book takes us on a journey of what life is like for a young boy when everything he though he knew is suddenly reversed. The boy learns that there is much more to our world than we see with our eyes. It encourages children and adults to take a closer look at how they perceive life . The Up Down Day like the other seven books in The Brian D. McClure Children s book series offer universal life lessons that empower and educate the whole family.