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The Sorely Trying Day

The Sorely Trying Day

by Russell Hoban and Lillian Hoban

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Father has had a long hard day at work. A sorely trying day indeed. He wants to sit down and put his feet up and rest. But what does he find when he arrives home? Commotion, consternation, confusion, chaos rule! How to get to the bottom of it? How to restore some semblance of proper order?

The investigation, reluctantly begun, expands in widening circles to take in the whole family, as finger points to pointing finger. Perhaps everyone is to blame? Perhaps to set things straight everyone just needs to sit down, say sorry, and start over again?

That family life is just that simple and never quite that simple is the message Russell and Lillian Hoban, the creators of such classics as Bread and Jam for FrancesA Little Sister for Frances, and The Little Brute Family, bring alive in this cleverly fashioned and heartwarmingly illustrated tale of a house in uproar. 

Russell Hoban and Lillian Hoban

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Series: NYRB Kids
ISBN: 9781590173435
Pages: 48
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The wit and cleverness of The Sorely Trying Day could not be more timely, and the book has a delicious ring of political satire that adults will enjoy...The absurdity of each crime (one child hurls paint at another merely for laughing 'in that peculiarly aggravating way') will make children of 6+ shriek with mortified recognition. It would make an excellent, and pointed, present from any grandparent or godparent.
The Sunday Times (UK)

Just to mention [the Hobans] brings to mind words like warm, endearing, delightful, charming.
— Jane Yolen, The New York Times Book Review

Marvelously fired to a bubbling point of irresistible laughter.
Publishers Weekly

A long-out-of-print classic from the authors of the beloved Frances books, The Sorely Trying Day offers a timely antidote to stress. Try reading this aloud to the family at the end of, well, a sorely trying day.
Los Angeles Times

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