Posted in 2020, amazon first reads, children's fiction, First Read, María Wernicke, Picture Book

Some Days by María Wernicke

From an Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nominee comes a touching story of family, security, and loss.

A young girl tells her mother about a passageway in their yard. Down this passageway, it is not cold, there is no danger, and nothing bad can ever happen—and the person she longs for is with her again. The only problem is that, on some days, the passageway is not there. But maybe, together, mother and daughter can find a way to carry that feeling with them always.

First published in Argentina, this lovely picture book will tug on the heartstrings of anyone who knows what it means to miss a loved one. 


In our yard, there’s a passageway.


(Amazon Crossing Kids, 1 November 2020, 24 pages, ebook, bought from @AmazonKindle, #AmazonFirstReads)




This is a delightful picture book. I read the kindle version but it would work much better in hardback, held open as a child sits on your knee so you can both read it together. Like a lot of picture books Some Days uses a fairy simple structure and simple images to convey a story. In this case, the girl’s father has obviously died but the book never comes out and directly states this. It’s a lovely way to approach the subjects of death, loss and grief without being too dark or sad. The illustrations impressed me. They are of a very high standard, simple yet beautiful.


I live in Glasgow in the UK with my partner. I work in the Financial Services. I like reading especially Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King. I write fiction and poetry. I enjoy watching TV (Grimm, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Lip Service, The L Word etc). I like to play video games and am a fan of survival horror especially the Silent Hill franchise. I like to watch movies especially horror and anything where someone dies.

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