Monday, August 1, 2016

School's First Day of School

Today was my son's first day of preschool, so this seemed like the perfect book to feature! I originally saw it posted on @chickadee.lit's Instagram and her review made me realize I had to read it. Our library doesn't have it in the system, so I ordered it right away, and we've been reading it all last week to get my son geared up for preschool.

This book is written by Adam Rex, who has a great sense of humor as evidenced in his other books: Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich, Frankenstein Takes the Cake, and The True Meaning of Smekday, which was adapted into the movie Home. It's illustrated by Christian Robinson, of Last Stop on Market Street fame. I'm thinking these guys are the new dream team, because so far this book is my stand-out favorite picture book of the year.

Frederick Douglass Elementary is a brand new school, built from the ground up, and he gets used to just having the janitor around keeping him clean. The janitor tells the school that soon he'll be full of children, and school gets very nervous. The school has to learn everyone's names, and how to act, and  how to make friends... Can he do it, or will he be too scared?!

School's First Day of School is a must-read for kids starting school, whether it's for the first time, or for a new year. Kids will be able to identify with how the school is feeling, and they'll feel understood. Parents will love reading it too - I laughed out loud several times because it's so witty.

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