Translation: Backward Day!
Today is Backward Day. Don’t get up. Say goodnight and stay in bed.
Okay. If you must get up, get up on the wrong side of the bed. Wear your clothes backwards. Walk backwards. Talk backwards. You’ve heard of breakfast for lunch. How about dinner for breakfast, starting with dessert? Now that’s a treat!
Backward is the way to go today. Have some fun. Tomorrow you can put your best foot forward.
A perfect book for Backward Day is The End written by David LaRochelle and illustrated by Richard Egielski. The story begins with “And they lived happily ever after.” Yes, it begins at the end and works its way back to the beginning. Cause and effect becomes effect and cause. Besides the usual fairy tale characters of princess, prince, giant, and dragon, this book includes bunny rabbits, a giant tomato, a teacup, lemons, and a blue flying pig that appears throughout the story. Whether you read it backwards or forwards, this clever story with its colorful illustrations is sure to entertain readers.
More Backward books:
Mirror Mirror A Book of Reversible Verse written by Marilyn Singer and illustrated by Josee Masse (Dutton Juvenile, 2010)
Tell Me the Day Backwards written by Albert Lamb and illustrated by David McPhail (Candlewick Press, 2011)
The Backward Day written by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Marc Simont (NYR Children’s Collection, 2007)