From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 4—Twenty-nine poems, in the voices of a dozen children who ride the school bus together, depict various activities that take place in and out of the classroom. Bright, cartoon illustrations in acrylics, pastels, and collage capture the youngsters' boundless energy. From a food fight in the cafeteria and its disastrous aftermath—a virtual indoor storm in the lunchroom—to a joyous ode to field day at year's end, these poems resonate with mischievous good cheer. Characters represent a cross-section of race and color. This collection will surely strike a familiar note with young readers.—Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY
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Twelve students from various cultural backgrounds who are in Ms. Mundy’s classroom compose 29 poems covering school-year activities from the beginning of the year to the end. In various styles of poetry, topics include classes (“Spelling,” “The Class I Love”), school activities (“Cleaning Erasers,” “Field Trip,” “Class Picture”) and, as the titles indicates, good-natured fights (“Pen Fight,” “First Food Fight This Fall,” “Water Fight’). There is much with which to identify: trouble with math, students with various strengths and weaknesses. The exuberant acrylic, pastel, and collage illustrations with swirls of activity on each page match the upbeat poems. The irreverence of a free-for-all food fight is counterbalanced by the pure joy expressed for the more endorsed school activities. The poem following the food fight is somber, seeming to indicate that the students realize things got out of hand, and showing a few of them cleaning up with a very angry principal. Children will enjoy the poetry and find comparisons and contrasts to situations in their daily routines. Grades 1-3. --Randall Enos