Tomorrow, Most Likely by Dave Eggers and Lane Smith – Book Review

While he may be better known for his adult fiction, writer Dave Eggers has also produced some wonderful children’s books. With the help of talented illustrators like Lane Smith, Eggers’ ‘Tomorrow Most Likely’ is magical journey through the possibilities a day may hold. Read on to take a peek!

Children's picture book 'Tomorrow Most Likely' by Dave Eggers and Lane Smith.
‘Tomorrow Most Likely’ by Dave Eggers and Lane Smith.

Tomorrow, Most Likely by Dave Eggers & Lane Smith 

A whimsical bedtime story, Tomorrow, Most Likely begins with a BAME boy in bed, with his mother perched next to him. She’s telling him a story that isn’t really a story. Instead, it’s a list of all the things that may happen ‘tomorrow most likely’.

A page from the children's picture book 'Tomorrow Most Likely' by Dave Eggers and Lane Smith.
A bedtime story designed to stimulate the imagination, Tomorrow Most Likely is full of fantastical moments, mixed in with the everyday.

The day will no doubt start, we are told, the same way all days begin – with a meal that is most likely to be brown. And after that, there will be a door that leads to the world. But that is as far as easy predictions can go – after that, things might get a little stranger!

A boy eating breakfast in the book 'Tomorrow Most Likely' by Dave Eggers and Lane Smith
A brown breakfast may not seem like the right food for an adventure, but who knows what you might find when you open the door!

Exploring the world

Leaving the grey shades of home behind, going into the world is an explosion of colour. And it’s not just our vision that is awakened, as the other senses are all stimulated too. First comes the scent of a flower ‘you can’t quite name…’

A boy walks through a colourful city in the book 'Tomorrow Most Likely' by Dave Eggers and Lane Smith
Colour everywhere! And a mysterious flower high up on a windowsill…

Then unexpected sights, sounds and textures round out a fantastical encounter. A kazoo-playing, bowtie-wearing man with a flower in his hat, out walking his giant snail. Let’s hope the real Cousin Todd can live up to these expectations!

A boy meets a man walking a giant snail in Dave Eggers' and Lane Smith's book 'Tomorrow Most Likely'
There’s a strong chance that Cousin Todd might be an Addams…

I love the way this book gently guides the reader through a series of increasingly absurd and wonderful ideas that are a million miles away from the brown breakfast that started it all. Indeed, by lunchtime you may well be riding whales and eating clouds.

A boy does amazing things in Tomorrow Most Likely by Dave Eggers and Lane Smith
Who hasn’t wanted to ride a whale?!

And there is the thread of another story running through the boy’s exploration of the world, that helps tie everything together. It has to do with a squirrel, but that’s all I’m saying.

A boy sleeping in the book 'Tomorrow Most Likely'
A simple, heartfelt message ends the book.

Equal parts chaming and silly, Tomorrow Most Likely is a book that makes us smile. It’s the kind of verbal game that we, and many families, play together, and is a lovely way of feeding the imagination with small seeds of ideas. And the message at the end, shown as our bedtime boy is fast asleep, is one that every parent can embrace: Tomorrow most likely will be a great day because you are in it.

By the same author:

Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers is best known for his adult books, but he has written a couple of wonderful non-fiction picture books that mix history, art and social issues seamlessly. They’re rather beautiful too!

Her Right Foot

by Dave Eggers. Art by Shawn Harris

This Bridge Will Not Be Gray

by Dave Eggers. Art by Tucker Nichols

Lane Smith

Lane Smith has collaborated with other authors on several classic books (hello Stinky Cheese Man) but I must admit that it’s his solo stuff I love best. These are a couple of our favourites.


Picture Books with Diverse Characters

Have you seen my full list of the best 23 picture books with diverse characters? Just like Tomorrow, Most Likely, all of these picture books feature black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) boys as main characters. Something that’s as rare as proverbial hen’s teeth in children’s books, and a problem I’ve written about here.

Check out the list to find out more about our favourites, and take a peek inside. If you like the look of this book, I’m sure you’ll find some others to love there too!

Pile of 23 picture books that star a BAME boy as the main character.
Our favourite picture books featuring BAME boy main characters.
A pile of children's picture books featuring ethnically diverse boy main characters.
The best picture books for children that star BAME boy characters.
Front cover of Tomorrow, Most Likely, by Dave Eggers and Lane Smith. One of our top picture books for children that star BAME boy characters. 23 picture books with ethnically diverse main characters. These books all star black, Asian or minority ethnic boy characters.
A page from ‘Tomorrow, Most likely’, one of our favourite picture books for children that star BAME boy characters. From a list of 23 picture books with ethnically diverse main characters. These books all star black, Asian or minority ethnic boy characters.

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