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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Basil's Busy Day is a children’s picture book written by Basil Robinson and Cherylann Francis, and illustrated by Joe Ruiz-Studio Urge. Basil has a list of chores that he should finish by the time “you-know-who” comes home. He’s used to those lists and has a fairly good grasp of how to do every chore listed there, but some things come up that make finishing today’s list somewhat challenging and easily put off until later. Basil has homework to do, and while he’s working on it, he decides that maybe he has enough time to play a game or two. Then, while he’s resting, he decides to watch a movie on tv. The day, which had seemed so long before, suddenly seems to be flying by and “you-know-who” will be back any minute now. There are the dishes and the laundry, and his room is a total shambles. Can he get it all done?
Basil Robinson and Cherylann Francis’s Basil's Busy Day follows a boy as he gets through his extremely busy day. Not only does he have household chores to do, but he also has homework -- and every kid (and adult) needs some time to relax. The authors’ story is entertaining, and the message will resonate with every kid who has their own list of chores to do. How do you make time in a day for everything? An excellent choice for storytime, this book lends itself to after-story discussions about chores and how best to schedule a busy day just like Basil’s. The illustrations work perfectly with the story and provide a great contrast between the household chores waiting for Basil and the homework, movie and video games that seem infinitely more appealing. The artist’s choice of bright colors make this a fun book, and the authors’ text makes it a grand selection for young readers to try on their own as well. Basil's Busy Day is highly recommended.