The One Day House by Julia Durango & Bianca Diaz

Every week I write about the books that we read for my son. He is currently 4 years old and loves a good book! I am not a professional book and illustration reviewer or critic, but I can write about the book, what I think about it, and how our son reacted to it.

What the Book is About

The One Day House tells the story of Wilson, a young boy, and Gigi, his older friend (or maybe a grandma) in the neighborhood. Gigi’s house is old, dilapidated, and needed lots of repairs. Wilson says that one day, he will paint Gigi’s house, fix her window, build a fence, fix the stairs, and plant a garden so Gigi’s house will be better.

He started telling people about his plans “one day.” He told people at the library. He told his teacher and his classmates. Until one day, the whole community came together to Gigi’s house and worked together in fixing Gigi’s house.

This book was inspired by the author’s writing partner and friend who is a carpenter and volunteers his time to build and fix houses for people who cannot afford to do so.

Book Information

Title: The One Day House
Author: Julia Durango
Illustrator: Bianca Diaz
Published by Charles Bridge
Text Copyright 2017 by Julia Durango
Illustration Copyright 2017 by Bianca Diaz
No. of pages: 27 pages

About the Author & Illustrator

from the back flap jacket: Julia Durango writes books for kids of all ages in a small town by the Illinois River. She is the author of the picture books Under the Mambo Moon and Cha-Cha Chimps, and she received the Prairie State Award for Excellence in Writing for Children in 2016. Julia lives in Ottawa, Illinois, where she’s been privileged to know and work with many caring young people like Wilson. Visit her website at

Bianca Diaz is a Mexican American artist and educator from Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. A recent graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Bianca believes that communities can help people become happy, independent human beings who hold the power to help others. Using art and education as her tools, she strives to be instrumental in the collaborative creation of these communities. Visit her website at

Values or Lessons

The book is a beautiful lesson on community. When the members of a community come together and help each other, they can improve their community, and the lives of individuals in the community. It was also a good example of dreaming for kids. The book’s rhythm of “One day I will… so you will enjoy …” is a great template for kids to start dreaming their own things for others, not just for themselves.

Because Wilson was just a kid, he needed the help of grownups and children in the community. By telling them about his plans and dreams, he motivated them to help fix Gigi’s house.


The artwork is not very polished, but it appealed to our son. The colors are bright. A child learning to draw and color can imitate the drawings and colors in the book.


Overall, it was a fun read, a bit serious compared to other books we’re reading, but our son still enjoyed it.

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