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The Resource Donovan's big day, by Lesléa Newman ; illustrations by Mike Dutton

Donovan's big day, by Lesléa Newman ; illustrations by Mike Dutton

Label
Donovan's big day
Title
Donovan's big day
Statement of responsibility
by Lesléa Newman ; illustrations by Mike Dutton
Title variation
Donovans big day
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From the moment Donovan wakes in the morning, he painstakingly prepares for his special role in the wedding ceremony of his two mothers
Storyline
Character
Award
Rainbow List, 2012.
Review
  • Preschool-Grade 2 The author of the classic picture book Heather Has Two Mommies (1989) tells a family wedding story that builds to a climactic celebration. Donovan is excited about an upcoming wedding, in which he has a big job as ring bearer. As Grandma and Grandpa give him breakfast, and he gets dressed in his smart new clothes, he remembers to keep track of the little white satin ring box at all times “and not shake it or crush it / or squash it or lose it / no matter what.” Finally, it is time to walk down the aisle and give one shiny gold ring to Mommy and another one to Mama as a tall grown-up in the long black robe says, “I now pronounce you wife and wife.” Plain and poetic, the swiftly flowing free verse perfectly captures the day's excitement, as does Dutton’s digitally touched gouache artwork, which keeps the focus on Donovan’s role in the blissfully happy event. A welcome addition to the still short shelf of picture books featuring same-sex parents. -- Rochman, Hazel (Reviewed 04-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 15, p73)
  • Gr 1 – 3 — When Donovan wakes up, he knows that he must dress quickly, eat carefully, and do everything just right because it is a very special day. At the end of the story, readers find out that he is the ring bearer at the wedding of his two mothers. When he plays his part without a hitch, he is rewarded with hugs and kisses from the happy brides. Newman and Dutton do a good job of capturing the excitement of a boy who knows he has an important job to do. They also successfully portray the idea that a wedding is a time of celebration. Not only Donovan but his grandparents and extended family are also excited about the big day, and all cry tears of joy at its happy ending. Child-friendly gouache illustrations capture Donovan's excited, self-conscious expressions as he moves carefully through his tasks. Dutton also includes details about the wedding, such as a teenage boy with his shirttails loose and the mother of one of the brides straightening her husband's tie, that give the story a familiar, comfortable feeling. As in Newman's Mommy, Momma and Me (Tricycle, 2009), this book broaches a controversial issue in an appealingly nonthreatening way.—Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT --Donna Cardon (Reviewed April 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 4, p150)
  • Newman, who broke new ground with Heather Has Two Mommies (1989), returns with an overly earnest and curiously constructed story about a child's role in his same-sex parents' wedding, which follows such books as Uncle Bobby's Wedding (2008) and Mom and Mum Are Getting Married (2004). Newman doesn't reveal whose wedding it is until the final pages, instead devoting most of the story to lengthy descriptions of Donovan's preparations and observations. While she may have intended to build narrative tension before letting readers see that it's Donovan's Mommy and Mama at the altar, in reality it means wading through pages of run-on sentences that read like an instruction manual: "He had to tuck the little white satin box that Aunt Jennifer gave him into his inside jacket pocket and keep track of it at all times and not shake or crush it or squash it or lose it no matter what." Debut artist Dutton's digitally enhanced gouache paintings are bright and upbeat, clearly empathizing with the green-eyed hero's seriousness and pride. It's less about gay marriage than a child's wedding preparations—no matter who's getting hitched. Ages 4–7. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed February 21, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 08, p)
  • (The following is a combined review for DONOVAN&#39 and S BIG DAY)It may be his mothers' wedding day, but it's Donovan's big day in Newman's (Heather Has Two Mommies, 1989, etc.) latest picture book about queer family life. Centered on the child's experience and refreshingly eschewing reference to controversy, the book emerges as a celebration of not only Mommy's and Mama's mutual love but progress toward equal marriage rights for same-sex couples. Readers, however, don't know immediately know why it is "a very BIG day" for Donovan or what the "very BIG job" is that he has to do. In his affectionate, humorous gouache paintings with digital finish, Dutton cleverly includes clues in the form of family pictures in an earlier spread set inside their home, and then a later spread shows Donovan in a suit and placing a "little white satin box that Aunt Jennifer gave him" into his pocket, hinting toward his role as ring bearer. But it's not until the third-to-last spread that he stands with his parents and hands "one shiny gold ring to Mommy [and] one shiny gold ring to Mama." He, of course, gets to kiss the brides on the last page, lending a happily-ever-after sensibility to the end of this story about a family's new beginning. (Picture book. 3-6)(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
393150
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Newman, Lesléa
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
AD1020L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
LG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 1
  • 3
Reading level
4.4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Dutton, Mike
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Children of gay parents
  • Lesbian mothers
  • Weddings
  • Mothers and sons
  • Families
  • Stories in rhyme
  • Lesbian mothers
  • Weddings
  • Mothers and sons
  • Families
  • Children of gay parents
  • Families
  • Lesbian mothers
  • Mothers and sons
  • Weddings
Target audience
primary
Label
Donovan's big day, by Lesléa Newman ; illustrations by Mike Dutton
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
819871
Dimensions
28 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781582463322
Lccn
2009048488
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781582463322
  • (OCoLC)471237509
Label
Donovan's big day, by Lesléa Newman ; illustrations by Mike Dutton
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
819871
Dimensions
28 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781582463322
Lccn
2009048488
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781582463322
  • (OCoLC)471237509

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