A big-hearted picture book celebrating the joy of being alive and simple pleasures enjoyed with good friends.
This cheerful book captures the warmth and fun of a spontaneous summer’s day with friends, where one lovely activity leads to another until they all go back home to bake a cake (two cakes!) to finish.
With laconic narration, funny dialogue and exquisite illustrations, A Perfect Wonderful Day with Friends tell the story of a carefree childhood day and evokes nostalgia for summers spent playing outside, fishing, climbing trees and swimming. The repetition of language and lyrical text make a fun and satisfying read aloud—allowing children to join in.
Raccoon decides to bake an apple cake. But he has no eggs, so visits his friend Fox, who needs a ladder to mend the roof. Badger will have one, but he needs help too, so they set off to find Bear. They stroll through meadows, meet up with Crow, nibble blackberries and find Bear fishing at the river. Soon the five friends are having the best day out—the sun shining on their fur, fishing, swimming, picnic and finally home to bake the cake—two cakes, because bears have big appetites.
This book is perfect to celebrate the start of the summer school holidays and wonderful to read aloud together in the sunshine.
Philip Waechter was born in Germany. He lives as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator in Frankfurt am Main and is known for his beautifully classic illustration style. In 1999 Philip and Moni Port co-founded the community studio LABOR.
Translated from the German edition by Melody Shaw.
Happy and Healthy category finalist, Teach Early Years Awards 2022.
Praise for A Perfect Wonderful Day with Friends
“It all adds up to a calm, happy, perfect, wonderful day that young readers and their parents will find almost as nice as the real thing. ” The Wall Street Journal
“The secret to happiness lies, this jovial book hints, in welcoming every new event and participating wholeheartedly.” Publishers Weekly
“A picture book about simply being alive. This is a story about a day when you are being observant and finding adventure wherever you can.” School Library Journal
“Friendly characters, a satisfying story, and a happy ending for all...A rewarding choice for reading aloud. ” Booklist
Philip Waechter was born in 1968 in Germany. He now lives as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator in Frankfurt am Main. In 1999 Philip and Moni Port co-founded the community studio LABOR.
The secret to happiness lies, this jovial book hints, in welcoming every new event and participating wholeheartedly.
There is gentle humour and much kindness as they help each other and relish being in the country side. The detailed illustrations are a joy and capture the personalities of each character. This is a beautifully produced hardback with excellent quality paper that will withstand the many readings children will request
My customers in Malvern will attest that I wax lyrical about A Perfect Wonderful Day with Friends. It’s a perfect and most glorious picture book about a truly wonderful day enjoyed in the company of friends.