Review: Dress-Up Day

Today I’m sharing another one of my Most Anticipated Picture Books of 2022. I’m so happy to report that Dress-Up Day by Blanca Gómez is everything I hoped it would be!

Title: Dress Up Day
Author/Illustrator: Blanca Gómez
Published: March 22, 2022
Publisher: Abrams Books For Young Readers
Format: Picture Book

This adorable picture book follows a young girl who is looking forward to “dress-up day” at school, but misses the celebration when she is sick on the big day. She decides to wear her rabbit costume when she returns to school anyway, but her fun day doesn’t go exactly as planned. She feels insecure being the only kid dressed up, but as the day unfolds, she finds her confidence and a new friend.

With Blanca Gómez’s perfect minimalist style, Dress-Up Day is a celebration of friendship, individuality, and stepping out of your comfort zone. The illustrations are as adorable as the story. I especially appreciated all the detail put into the children’s outfits. I mean, just look at that little penguin backpack!

Dress-Up Day officially releases next week (March 22, 2022), but you can preorder your copy today wherever books are sold, including Bookshop and Amazon. (Please note: Some links provided are affiliate links. Affiliate links allow me to receive a small commission for recommendations at no cost to you. This commission is used to maintain this site and to continue bringing content to you. I always appreciate your support!)

Thank you so much to Abrams Books For Young Readers for sharing this precious book with me. I’m sure my little one will love this one just as much as he loves Bird House.

About The Author/Illustrator:

Blanca Gómez is a much sought-after picture book illustrator and the author-artist of Bird House. In a starred review, Kirkus called One Family “visually striking,” and the New York Times called her illustrations “adorable.” “Wonder-filled and delightful” were the words Kirkus used to describe City Moon in another starred review. Blanca lives in Madrid, Spain.

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Bird House

If you’re looking for a precious picture book with a heartwarming grandparent/grandchild relationship, I have the perfect book for you today.

Inspired by the author’s own childhood, Bird House by Blanca Gómez is a wonderful story about a grandmother and granddaughter who nurse an injured bird back to health together.

Our young narrator details the story of finding the bird on a snowy day, and how the pair take it back to Abuela’s home while it recovers. Though they let the bird back into the wild once it heals, they are sure to invite him back by building a birdhouse.

Blanca Gómez’s minimalist style is ever present in both the text and illustrations in Bird House, the first book she has both written and illustrated. This book may seem short and sweet, but Blanca Gomez builds so much character with so few words. I am honestly amazed that someone can convey the emotion in this story in less than 200 words.

The illustrations are delightful and add so much depth to the story. I wished I could visit Abuela’s home and ask her about all her beautiful houseplants, and what she was knitting — a basket of yarn always tugs at my little crochet heart, and makes me think of my own grandmother.

Bird House is available in both English and Spanish versions next week (April 20, 2021), but you can preorder your copy today wherever books are sold, including Bookshop and Amazon. (Please note: Some links provided are affiliate links. Affiliate links allow me to receive a small commission for recommendations at no cost to you. This commission is used to maintain this site and to continue bringing content to you. I always appreciate your support!)

Blanca Gómez is an author and illustrator based in Madrid. To learn more about her and her work, please visit her website at cosasminimas.com.

Many thanks to Abrams Books For Young Readers for providing me with a review copy of this wonderful book. It was an absolute treat!

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