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All in a Day
All in a Day (MitsumasaAnno).jpg
First UK edition
Author Mitsumasa Anno
Illustrator Mitsumasa Anno
Eric Carle
Raymond Briggs
Nicolai Ye. Popov
Akiko Hayashi
Gian Calvi
Leo and Diane Dillon
Zhu Chengliang
Ron Brooks
Genre Children's
Publisher Philomel Books (US)
Hamish Hamilton (UK)
Publication date
Pages 22 pp
ISBN 0-399-21311-2
OCLC 13328423
[E] 19
LC Class PZ7.A5875 Al 1986

All in a Day is a 1986 children's picture book by Mitsumasa Anno. It features illustrations by Anno and several other internationally known illustrators: Eric Carle, Raymond Briggs, Nicolai Ye. Popov, Akiko Hayashi, Gian Calvi, Leo and Diane Dillon, Zhu Chengliang and Ron Brooks.


Ten artists illustrate the simultaneous moments on January 1 in the lives of children in nine locations on Earth. Information about planetary rotation, world time zones and seasons follows the inviting full-colour wordless picture vignettes.

The inspiration for this book arose when Anno was overwhelmed by the sunset on earth at Uskudar in Istanbul. Anno then realized that the sun which was just setting in front of him was at the very same time, a rising sun in some other country. This meant that this same sun was going down in a country at war and at that same time, it was rising in a country at peace.


School Library Journal said it was "a great success at conveying the warmth, richness, and variety of people" and Booklist noted that it "promotes peace and mutual understanding among children around the world."

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