When school lets out for the summer, Mayann eagerly prepares for her family’s trip to New York City.
Juicy bits of Newfoundland idiom (Jack’s head is “plimmed” with love ballads, and he and the giant are “drove cracked” by the grouchy eagle) and customs (a boil-up on the beach, mummers, a card tournament) are threaded through the books.
Based on Alan Syliboy’s multimedia exhibit, this book captures the storytelling spirit of the Mi’Kmaw people.
Told through the eyes of the youngest child in the family, it takes a very quiet, everyday approach to what is essentially anything but an everyday occurrence. The result evokes wonder rather than horror.
It brushes over a range of serious topics, like immigration, mining history, geology and acceptance, without settling for too long on any of it — because more than anything, Lukins places her emphasis on telling an exciting tale.
Pinny’s day meanders from one thing to the next as her whims take her on all sorts of small adventures — blueberry picking with friends leads to cloud watching, which inspires blueberry cake baking, which results in a windowsill visit from a seagull.
It Should Have Been a #GoodDay follows four high schoolers, Emily, Brogan, Thomas and Henry, as they navigate their home and school lives over the course of a day. Some of them know each other, some of them don’t and that’s what matters: how little they know each other.