Tuesday (book)

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Author David Wiesner
Illustrator David Wiesner
Cover artist David Wiesner
Country United States
Genre Children's picture book
Publisher Clarion Books
Publication date
ISBN 978-0-395-55113-4
OCLC 21970322
[E] 20
LC Class PZ7.W6367 Tu 1991

Tuesday, written and illustrated by David Wiesner, is a 1992 picture book published by Clarion Books. Tuesday received Caldecott Medal for illustrations in 1992 and was Wiesner's first Caldecott Medal of a total of three during his career.[1] Wiesner won next the Caldecott Medal in 2002 for The Three Pigs, and in 2007 for Flotsam.[2]


Tuesday is an almost wordless picture book for children, written and illustrated by American author David Wiesner. The book was originally published in 1991 by Clarion Books, and than re-published in 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers. The book contains 35 pages and is designed for children ages 3 and up. Tuesday is dedicated to Tom Sgouros.[3]


The story contains only six words and three points that determine the time of the action. The whole story is narrated by colorful pictures which present the frogs flying on their lily pads. The story begins on “Tuesday evening, around eight”. The group of frogs start their journey on the wetlands, and move to the nearest town. The frogs levitate amog birds that sit on the electric wires, then they fly next to the kitchen window where a man eats his sandwich. The next point of their adventure is someone’s backyard. They also visit the house where old lady sleeps in front of her television. The squadron of frogs without the knowledge of the old lady, joins the seance. At “4:38 a.m.”, they encounter a dog that tries to catch one of the frogs, but eventually the dog joins to the frogs’ adventure. After the night, the frogs get to the pond where they swim and float on their lily pads as usual frogs. In the city, people investigate traces left by the frogs. The last pages of the book show “next Tuesday” around eight in the evening, and pigs hovering above the roof of some farm building.

Critical Reception[edit]

The School Library Monthly claims that Tuesday has “spellbinding effect on first-time readers that they may wish to join in the adventure”.[4] The New York Times highlights that Tuesday “allows readers to concoct their own story lines”.[5] The Publisher Weekly calls the book “stunning: slightly surrealistic, imbued with mood and mystery”. Marry Lou White, from the Caldecott Award Selection Comettee chair summarizes Wiesner’s work as “masterful use of light and dark, alternating perspectives, and variation in page design”.[6] The Kirkus Reviews claimed that Wiesner "provides plenty of intriguing visual details to ponder".[7]


Animation project[edit]

In 2002 Tuesday was used for the production of the animated movie which belongs to the The McCartney's animation collection. The director of the enterprise was Geoff Dunbar, and the production tasks were performed by Paul McCartney. In the movie the voices was given by Paul McCartney, McCartney’s wife Linda McCartney, Dustin Hoffman, June Whitfield,and Windsor Davies. The animation of Wiesner’s book, Dunbar and McCartney was nominated for the British Academy Award.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Adams, Michael. "David Wiesner" (2007). Guide To Literary Masters & Their Works. 
  2. ^ The Indianapolis Public Library. "2014 McFadden Memorial Lecture: Children's Author David Wiesner". Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Wiesner, David (2001). Tuesday. Clarion Books. 
  4. ^ Zingher, Gary. "Fantastic, Puzzling Images". School Library Monthly. 
  5. ^ Leonard, Andrew. "Sent In The Clouds. The story, told entirely without words, of an ingenious boy who changes the way the sky looks". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ L. K. "Naylor, Wiesner Books Win 1992 Newbery, Caldecott Medals." (1992). American Libraries. 
  7. ^ "Tuesday". Kirkus Review. 
  8. ^ Haverford College. ""Storytelling without Words," a public Student Seminar talk by David Wiesner". Retrieved 17 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Gundersen, Edna. "McFadden Memorial Lecture: Children's Author David Wiesner". USA Today. 

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Preceded by
Black and White
Caldecott Medal recipient
Succeeded by
Mirette on the High Wire