Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend

Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekendwritten and illustrated by Karen Stanton

published 2014 by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan

When I first saw the art for this book, a teeny jolt of whoa hit me right in the heart. I mean, look at the endpapers! The calendars sprinkled throughout! The swirls of smells and thoughts and words!Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend by Karen StantonMonday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend by Karen StantonThen I read the story and the teeny turned into titanic. This is a tender tale of love and home and broken families.

Henry Cooper lives in two houses. So does Pomegranate, his dog. Mama and Papa are two and a half blocks and worlds away. At Mama’s they dance, and at Papa’s they sing. In both, there is love and warmth and safety.Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend by Karen StantonMonday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend by Karen StantonWhen Pomegranate goes missing, Henry Cooper knows exactly where he is – right at the big yellow house where the family once lived together. Home.

And then Henry becomes the hero, leading Pomegranate back to where the love lives. There’s a lovely ambiguity of which house it is. Because really, does it matter?Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend by Karen StantonKaren Stanton’s art is layered, rich, and colorful. And is there a better art choice for brokenness than collage? I doubt it. Thank you, Karen, for sharing these spreads with us! Click any image to enlarge. Enjoy!

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16 thoughts on “Monday, Wednesday, and Every Other Weekend

  1. Oh, what a sweet looking book and story idea. And I love that as soon as I read the title, I knew what the story was going to be about. I had the every other weekend as a child, too. :) I adore collage, will have to find this book to see it up close. Thanks for a lovely post!

  2. I love this, Carter. It would be a great book for a school counselor’s office. And there’s some parents out there who should read it too.

  3. Karen Stanton’s painting style reminds me a lot of the brilliant Maira Kalman – quirky and joyful. Her keen eye for colour makes the pages spark and sing. I also love your gleeful enthusiasm, Carter – that’s a rare quality in this jaded, old world!
    Toodlepip! from Deirdre O’Sullivan
    Melbourne, Australia.

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