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If I Built a School Hardcover – Illustrated, August 13, 2019
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"Told in excellently structured rhyming couplets, this story has a Seussian feel, although the vocabulary is much more varied and advanced. . . . Reluctant readers will be especially intrigued." —School Library Journal
About the Author
- Publisher : Dial Books; Illustrated edition (August 13, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 052555291X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0525552918
- Reading age : 5 - 8 years
- Lexile measure : AD610L
- Grade level : Kindergarten - 3
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 10.31 x 0.42 x 10.38 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Our copy of If I Built a School arrived yesterday, and we’ve read it at least 11 times already. We read it twice just this morning over breakfast, and followed it with If I Built a House just to round it out. The girls then asked for big pieces of paper to design their own schools and houses, so I happily obliged!
In typical Chris Van Dusen fashion, If I Built a School is terrifically written to read aloud. The rhythm and rhyme are perfect, and just like the other two books in his “If I Built…” series (house and car), they’re full of imagination and fun.
And yes, Mr. Magee and his little dog Dee are hiding in these illustrations… My younger was the first to spot them!
What I love most about this series is the creativity it inspires in my child. It's like, while I was reading these "If I built" books to him for the first time -- a light-bulb went off that sparked a creative snowball effect in his life. Everything is now "if I built a playground" or "if I built a grocery store".
Chris: if you read this - please write more. We love them, and thank you.
It's funny and delightful, with excellent rhymes. Great illustrations, once again.
I was also pleased that it didn't go the direction of "AND RECESS ALL DAY" (which sends the subtle message that learning sucks). There was none of that at all.
A perfect back to school or anytime book :).
Last night I asked my daughter (recently turned 7 years old) what are her favorite books, and the books in this series are the clear winners. And I'm glad to hear it as a parent, as these books encourage kids to be creative and to think outside the box. The illustrations may be whimsical, yet they are teaching kids to think about function instead of clinging to the past forms of things.
One thing made me chuckle a bit. In these books, the author/artist has purposely copied an exaggerated 1950's style, like Ozzie and Harriet or Leave it to Beaver on steroids. Everything reflects this, the clothing styles, the architecture, the car styling, the artwork style itself. Well some humorless reviewers took a look at the first book in the series and screamed their heads off that minorities and handicapped people were not being represented in this highly distilled caricature. I'm amused how that situation has now been corrected... there is even a token handicapped dog! I hope everybody is happy now.
Top reviews from other countries
Keeps us all yearning,
So colourful, large, and outrageous too!
So wish it could all truly come true!