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Late for School! School & Library Binding – September, 2008
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From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 1—"You're late. Tick! Tock! You must have forgotten to set your clock!" Rhythm and rhyme follow a tardy Mr. Bungles as he races to be on time. From end pages that trace his route to brightly colored angles of each page, this book shouts MOTION and encourages listeners to fill in the rhyme with each turn of the page. Readers will find it might take more than just hopping in a car to travel even a short distance. Mr. Bungles's car won't start—he runs for a train. He misses the train and tries for a bus; it's too crowded. He runs for a van, but the van heads in the wrong direction, and Bungles finally returns via hot-air balloon and unicycle. As his name hints, the errant teacher can't seem to do anything right. Cartoon characters in scenes of collage and mixed media follow Mr. Bungles's efforts to watch the clock and avoid breaking his own rule, "Never, ever, ever be late for school!" A colorful selection for all libraries, this book is also a visually stimulating choice for teachers presenting time and transportation or inspiration for young students as the school year resumes.—Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
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Usually it’s the kids who are late for school. But here, it’s Mr.Bungles, a school teacher whose rule is “never, ever, ever be late to school!” With frenetic art featuring Mr. Bungles, who practically jumps off the pages, this follows the teacher’s efforts to get to work on time. He’s foiled at every turn. His car won’t start, so he races for the train. “I missed the train. I won’t make a fuss. Down the street, I can catch the bus.” Or can he? Not when it’s stuffed with people. From there, the vehicles get progressively more outrageous: a van full of animals, a hot-air balloon, a unicycle. Finally, it’s his feet that don’t fail Mr. Bungles, but when he gets to school a new rule is instituted: “Try your best to be on time.” This laugh-and-a-half book gets its kick from well-structured rhyming text and fruit-colored, in-your-face pictures. Fun for children and teachers alike. Grades K-2. --Ilene Cooper
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What a darling picture book this is! I really loved this book! Mr. Bungles, the teacher, has one rule for his students - never ever be late for school. He oversleeps one morning, and the reader will roar with laughter at the rhyming text, hilarious illustrations, and the modes of transportation that Mr. Bungles uses to get to school on time. Did he make it on time? You'll just have to read this adorable book to find out! This book will teach your child about different vehicles used for transportation; you'll have fun helping your child spotting the clock in each illustration so they can see what time it is, and the cleverly written rhyming text will help your child guess the rhyming word before turning to the next page. This book gets a high five from me for fun, for learning, and for having the tables turned on a teacher for a change - every kids' dream!
I would have liked the book better if in the end the main character had raised his standards rather than drop them. But for a kid's book I don't see too much of a problem with that. Tardiness should never be acceptable. Punctuality is not something to strive for - it is something to always attain. It's OK to be early or on time - but never late.
I'm pretty sure young kids will love to have this book read to them. And they will very much enjoy having the reader show them the illustrations as pages are turned. 4 stars!