Polacco, Patricia Because of Thursday. PICTURE BOOK. Simon & Schuster, 2016. $17.99. Content: G
Annie and her husband, Mario, run a successful diner where everybody loves her pasta salad. When Mario passes away, Annie gives up the diner and cooking. But one Thursday she finds a kitten, names him Thursday, and her world brightens again. She starts cooking, reopens the diner and with her cat’s help, creates a brand new—and even tastier!—pasta dish.
This is a very typical Polacco book. It tells a fairly detailed, somewhat grown-up, story that has a happy ending. My major complaint about this author’s books is that they are far too long to use in a read-aloud situation. There is nothing terribly special about this story, but people who love pasta or cats or Guy Fieri from television might enjoy it.
EL —OPTIONAL. Reviewer: TC