by Constance W. McGeorge (Chronicle, 1996) Ages 2 and up Issue: Moving
Moving can be a traumatic experience for a child. The genius behind Boomer's Big Day
is that it is written from the perspective of a dog, who, much like a small child, finds it hard to process change. Boomer realizes that "this was not going to be an ordinary day." Confused by the absence of his favorite toy ball and the unwelcome arrival of strangers, moving trucks, and boxes, Boomer emerges from an endless car ride to find himself in a new house with nothing to do and no one to play with. Things start looking up once he has a look around, and at the end of the day he finds that his dinner bowl is in the kitchen and his bed and old green tennis ball have been unpacked. "Boomer wagged his tail," McGeorge writes, "happy to be home."