From School Library Journal
PreS-K-A nameless little girl likes everything kindergarten so her transition toward independence has been easy for her, but not for her mother, whom she invites to join her for a day in class. Her mother is excited about the opportunity but her actions are more than a bit embarrassing when she doesn't wait her turn in line or take off her outside shoes. Her daughter gives her gentle reminders to follow the expected behaviors but Mom keeps having outbursts and shows a lack of self-control. Dismayed by her behavior, the child consults her teacher and is reminded that it takes a while to get used to something new. The girl is pleased when her mom displays more appropriate behavior and learns the rules that every kindergartener knows. At the end of the day, the woman decides to stick to things she is good at and leave the kindergarten activities to her daughter. Lowery's cartoon art is simple and expressive, accurately displaying activities of a kindergarten classroom. This is a fresh and funny look at a familiar subject that both children and parents will enjoy.-Diane Antezzo, Ridgefield Library, CTα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
In this droll bit of role-reversal, a kindergartener’s spur of the moment invitation to her mom to join the class uncorks a shocking round of misbehavior. Who would think that a mom would have to be told not to push to the head of the line, shout out answers, dawdle on the way back from the restroom, or talk during story time? In Lowery’s simple cartoon scenes, the narrator and her classmates look on with stunned expressions at the parental malfeasance while the teacher takes it in stride: “Once your mom gets used to the way we do things, I’m sure she’ll learn how to express her thoughts and feelings in more appropriate ways.” Indeed, Mom is much better by the end of the day. Tongue so firmly in cheek that it might have to be surgically removed, Fergus crafts a switcheroo that will have children rolling on the floor and, along with certain parents and less-experienced teachers, getting the point, too. Preschool-Kindergarten. --John Peters