'The best books, reviewed with insight and charm, but without compromise.'
- author Jackie French

Saturday 4 May 2024

Junior Review: Amanda Commander: The Blues Day Tuesday

In Amanda Commander The Blues Day Tuesday, Amanda gets sick and has to stay home from school. She’s excited to get back to her friends, but when she’s finally better, things have changed.

Her friends, Lu and Mai, have been playing with other people and she’s behind in pottery classes.

Amanda feels left out and alone. She isn’t enjoying being back at school at all. And turns out she isn’t the only one going through this. Other kids get sick, and they also find it hard when they come back to school.

Amanda knows she has to do something, and she also knows her friends will support her. So she tells them how she feels and comes up with a plan to make sure everyone is included.

This is a really relatable story. Lots of kids have felt left out when they come back to school after being away for a while, and the book gives you some great ideas on how to deal with that situation.

It’s also got great characters. Amanda is super smart and she isn’t afraid to tell her friends her feelings. She’s brave and stands up for herself.

The illustrations are great because they help readers understand the story. They’re also very cute. I love the fun facts about Amanda and her friends that appear through the book too. They’re added in cool handwriting and tell you more about the characters.

Kids who like relatable stories and a happy ending will like this book. There’s also lots of other books to read in the Amanda Commander series, like The Pinky Promise and The Purple Invitation

Title: Amanda Commander: The Blues Day Tuesday
Author: Coral Vass
Illustrator: Heidi Cooper Smith
Publisher: Wombat Books, $12.99
Publication Date: March 2024
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781761111266
For ages: 6 - 10
Type: Junior Fiction