Delia's Dull Day: An Incredibly Boring Story

Andy Myer. Sleeping Bear, $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-58536-804-4
There are none so blind as those who will not see. Case in point: Myer's (Pickles, Please!) bespectacled Delia, who is so convinced that her life is "completely boring" she doesn't see all the amazing things happening around her, like the gorilla behind her in the lunch line, the aliens invading her house while she watches TV, or the scuba diver rising from the toilet as she brushes her teeth. Not that any of these oddities are in a hurry to make themselves known—in fact, on the penultimate spread, a T. Rex actually admonishes readers to keep their lips zipped. Myer's extended visual joke—rendered in handsome, smartly composed watercolors—stays funny page after page, and that's no small feat. Delia avoids crossing from disgruntled to bratty, and the improbable visitors to her world generally take their fish-out-of-water status in stride (an ostrich zooms past Delia with a look bordering on hauteur). There's no explanation for why, say, a pirate is suddenly on the school bus, but he's there—why not enjoy the ride? Ages 6–8. Agent: Deborah Warren, East West Literary Agency. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 08/20/2012
Release date: 09/01/2012
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