Laundry Day

by Maurie J. Manning

This graphic novel-style picture book takes us on the quest of a shoe-shine boy through busy, multicultural tenements to return a piece of silk to its rightful owner. Meeting a host of colorful characters along the way, this lively picture book lets us make friends across race lines, culture lines, and clotheslines!

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547241968
  • ISBN-10: 0547241968
  • Pages: 40
  • Publication Date: 04/17/2012
  • Carton Quantity: 48

About the book
In a picture book that blends realism and fantasy, a shoeshine boy is surprised when a
piece of red silk falls from the sky. Trying to find its owner, he ventures up and down
fire escapes, back and forth across clotheslines, and into the company of the colorfully
diverse people who live in the tenement. Lively pages laid out in multiple panels, with
a few words of text in dialogue balloons, capture the exhilarating action, and foreignlanguage
phrases are translated on the endpapers. There is a cheerful side to a neighborhood
packed with people of different origins—the opportunity to make friends
across race lines, culture lines, and clotheslines!
About the author
Maurie J. Manning

Maurie J. Manning is the author/illustrator of Kitchen Dance and has illustrated numerous other children's books, some of which she also wrote. She and her children live in Stockton, California. Visit her online at and on Twitter @mauriejmanning.


"Everything teems with movement and life--completely beguiling."--Kirkus, starred review

"There's much to discover in the varied, well-paced frames of this graphic picture book."--Horn Book

"A vivid, warmhearted picture book...Manning's pages are exuberance itself as her hero balletically bounds from frame to frame."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"[A] charming picture book with graphic-novel elements...The atmospheric illustrations will draw in young readers and make them feel as if they are pushing their way through the crowded streets, climbing up fire escapes, and swinging from laundry lines along with the shoeshine boy."--School Library Journal

"The hustle-and-bustle setting provides another visual treat, matched by the warm exuberance of the boy's neighborly adventure."--Booklist