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Captain Freddy Counts Down to School Hardcover – July 12, 2016
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—Freddy is apprehensive about his first day of school, as he hides under the covers and imagines how far away and big it is, along with all the strange new faces he will encounter. In order to prepare himself for this overwhelming transition, "Captain" Freddy launches himself into important work at his pretend space station. The rocket ship is loaded, fuel tanks are filled, and engines are humming before he courageously steps onto the launchpad for the initial countdown. At liftoff, Freddy's rocket zooms out of control until he is ejected and lands on an alien planet millions and millions of miles away from home, where he befriends an alien (his baby sister) who can communicate with him after an awkward start. Once home, he is finally able to "blast off to school." Chou's bright, meticulous illustrations and Shreeve's text present just enough detail, albeit in simple fashion, to keep space lovers happy. Fans of all things space related should readily gravitate to this offering and will enjoy the informative space facts at the end. VERDICT A picture book adventure best appreciated by lovers of the solar system and planets who are about to confront the challenges of the first day of school.—Etta Anton, Yeshiva of Central Queens, NY
About the Author
Elizabeth Shreeve is the author of Oliver at the Window, illustrated by Candice Hartsough McDonald, and the chapter book series The Adventures of Hector Fuller. A graduate of Harvard College and the Graduate School of Design, she lives in Northern California with her husband, sons, and assorted pets. Her favorite part of our solar system is the sparkling, striped planet of Saturn. Learn more about her at www.elizabethshreeve.com.
Joey Chou was born in Taiwan and moved to California in his teens. There he received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He has worked as an illustrator for animated films and has also illustrated a number of picture books, including Monster & Son by David LaRochelle, It’s a Small World by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, Say What? by Angela DiTerlizzi, and the B. Bear and Lolly series by A. A. Livingston. He lives in California and has always wanted to have his own jet pack. To find out more, visit him at www.joeyart.com.
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Top customer reviews
While Freddy’s mother is making sure he’s getting ready for school, he pretends he’s off into outer space. His new shoes become space boots, his clean shirt becomes a uniform, and his backpack becomes a jet pack. Once in space, Freddy pretends his explodes, he fires his jet pack and eventually meets an alien.
When his mother comes to his wondering what’s happening and suggesting he’s in outer space. When he states he’s met an alien and now they’re friends, she realizes he’s ready for school. He then states school’s a big place, but since he’s been in space, he’s ready to blast off to school.
Any parent should be able to remember how they felt on their first day of school; fearful of a strange, new, big place and meeting lots of people they’ve ever met. And then finding out school’s not at all foreboding as they thought, and it’s a GREAT PLACE to meet MAKE NEW FRIENDS.
For trying to help in taking out the fear of going to school for the first time in the minds of this book’s young audience, I’ve given this book 5 STARS.
I received a KINDLE Edition of this book through a giveaway on GoodReads, and the above has been my honest opinion.
I loved this cute kids book. Not only was the story fun, but the illustrations were perfect for the story and looked fun and richly colored. I thought it was great that there were facts about our solar system included at the end of the book for young readers to learn about. This will be a great read for both boys and girls into space.
Spoiler for moms and dads if you want to know what the story is.
[A little boy is playing in his room, and his mom tells him to get ready for school. He'd rather be in space. As he gets ready for school, he pretends he's on a mission for space. He ends up on a distant planet with an alien after having to leave his spaceship. The alien turns out to be his baby sister. His mom asks him if he is ready for school yet. He finishes his space journey to school with his mom and his baby sister. He'd been afraid a little to go to school, but after being in space, and having problems, he finds out that he can handle more than he thought he could.
I won a Kindle copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I was under no obligation to write a review.