From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 1—It's Izzy's first day of school and her excitement can be felt in exuberant illustrations and exclamations of "Wow! Classroom!," "Wow! Teacher!," etc. Bright, busy oversized spreads paired with simple patterned text make this an appealing look at a new experience. Children may need some time to take in everything happening in the bustling pages, but they will enjoy picking out familiar objects and activities as they follow Izzy through her day. Sharp-eyed youngsters will spot copies of No, David!
in the illustration accompanying "Wow! Books!," and some may even spot the author's own Wow! City!
on the first spread. The bold, crayonlike lines of Neubecker's India-ink drawings contrast pleasingly with the computer-generated color. This is a wonderful book for sharing with groups of emergent readers, who will enjoy chiming along, and it is well suited to the attention spans of children just beginning preschool or kindergarten.—Neala Arnold, St. Francis Elementary School, MN
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*Starred Review* Neubecker has used the big, bold Wow! format in two previous booksWow! City! (2004) and Wow! America! (2006)but it works especially well here as school comes wildly and wonderfully alive. A brief setup introduces Izzy, who lives on a mountain. The school bus takes her into a new world of books, art, music, and students. Kids will be mesmerized by each big two-page spread, made seemingly larger by the neon-bright illustrations, brimming with stuff to look at and emphasized with plenty of india ink lines. The first spread, "Wow! Classroom!" is a pulsating mélange of coats, cubbies, beads, blocks, books, paints, pets, and busy children everywhere. There's so much to see that some youngsters might be overwhelmed, but a knowing adult can help focus attention; there are all sorts of games to be inventedfrom picking out Izzy Where's Waldo-style to counting and alphabet games. Once the book is closed, children might say, "Whew," but that will surely be followed by, "Wow!" Cooper, Ilene