In Dominique Demers’s intriguing tale of faith, Today, Maybe, an unnamed girl lives with her little bird in a house by the forest. Everyday she wakes up with the words, “Today, maybe he’ll come.” Just who, readers don’t know, and neither does the girl. Every now and then, a visitor arrives to disturb the golden calm of her cottage, sometimes threatening – like the jagged-toothed thieves and the hulking wolf – sometimes sweet, like the handsome prince. Gently but firmly she turns them all away, waiting for that special visitor. Demers’s protagonist is an inspiring heroine for young readers, a problem-solver confident in her purpose. Grimard brings a classic beauty to the story with pictures that contrast yellow warmth and comfort, and the girl’s smallness, against the sweeping, dark shapes of the outside world. The author and illustrator effectively build anticipation with each new encounter; rest assured, the girl’s long wait is worth it.
Andrea Belcham is the author of the forthcoming Food and Fellowship: Pro- jects and Recipes to Feed a Community (The Alternate Press/Life Media).