Someone is very excited about the possibility of missing school due to snow and plans a whole day of sledding, building forts, reading, and sipping hot chocolate.
When the weatherman predicts an overnight snow a family contemplates the possibility of a snow day, imagining sledding, building a snow fort, and reading. The paintings show the siblings and their father enjoying their freedom from school in their planned activities.
I need a snow day--a day to play outside, a day to read my new book, a day to watch TV.
When the expected snowfall does not occur and family members must hurry to get ready for school, readers discover that the first-person narrator of the story was actually the father, who is a teacher.
The mostly two-page illustrations are done in oils-- rich in color, texture, perspective, and kinesthetic energy.