Project Description


Something Special

by Nicola Moon
illustrated by Alex Ayliffe

Friday is “special” day in Miss Brown’s class, but Charlie can’t think of anything special enough to bring.

His mom is too busy with his baby sister to be of much help. But Charlie makes an important discovery about just how special baby sisters and big brothers can be.

Hardcover: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-137-1
Page Count: 32
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English
AR Level: 3.1
F&P: GRL L, Gr 2, Genre RF


“Friday is “Show and Tell” day at school, and Charlie can’t find anything special to share with his classmates. Mom can’t help because she is always too busy with the new baby. When six-week-old Sally smiles her first real smile at Charlie, he recognizes that the perfect “something special” has been right in front of him all along. Moon and Ayliffe depict a multicultural classroom in which Lu Mei brings a dragon kite, Raju shares treats from India, and Shireen models a beautiful sari. Brightly colored artwork done in torn-paper collage adds to the mood and provides enough visual interest to supplement the fairly lengthy text. A warm, loving story for uncertain older siblings or for children who are new to the school environment.” — School Library Journal

“In Charlie’s classroom, Friday is “special” day, when children bring special things from home. Children will empathize with Charlie’s disappointment when he can’t find anything wonderful enough for show-and-tell. His mother has suggestions but is too involved with baby Sally’s routine to help much. Over the next week, Charlie and his mom both try to find something special, but when Sally smiles her first smile for Charlie, he decides to show his sister to his classmates. With a longish text, this should suit primary-grade children, who’ll recognize the situation. Ayliffe’s cut-and torn-paper collages brighten this upbeat picture book. Some of the pages look a bit cluttered, but the lines are clean, the colors are sunny, and the forms are more fluid in line and more natural in depicting characters than is the case in most collage illustrations.”– Booklist

Meet the Author

Nicola Moon is the author of many children’s books.

Meet the Illustrator

Alex Ayliffe has illustrated many children’s books. She lives in England.