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Late for School Hardcover – September 8, 2010

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About the Author

Steve Martin is a legendary writer, actor, and performer. His film credits include Father of the Bride, Parenthood, The Spanish Prisoner, and Bringing Down the House, as well as Roxanne, L.A. Story, and Bowfinger, for which he also wrote the screenplays. He's won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for comedy albums. In addition to a play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, he has written a bestselling collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, and a bestselling novella, Shopgirl, which was made into a movie. His work appears frequently in The New Yorker and The New York Times.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 1
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Har/Com edition (September 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446557021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446557023
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #433,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We checked this out from the Library and listened to the CD and read the book at least 25 times (I'm being VERY conservative) daily until we had to return it. I made sure that we had our own copy before I returned the book, because my son (3) and daughter (5) would have lost their tiny minds if 'Late for School' just disappeared.

Our 3 year old sings the 'Late for school' song all day, as do I. The kids correct us when we muck it up. My daughter wanted me to get more books and music by Steve Martin because 'he sings better than Hannah Montana'.

We read 25-50 new books a week. We buy the ones we know we'll read many weeks and years to come. The kids have never been so enthusiastic about a book or song. 'Late for School' is their absolute favorite. Payne is a favorite illustrator and a great choice for the book. We all hope that the writer will create more banjo / children's books if only to give us a new song to get stuck in our heads!

Update: Two months later and we still listen 'Late for School' daily. We make up our own lyrics now using the melody for our silly songs that we create throughout the day.

The kids started showing interest in making music and are starting guitar lessons next week. Their singing has improved and increased as well. This new musical interest began with their love for 'Late for School' and I give it and the author full credit and my gratitude.

'Late for School' makes a great gift for boys or girls! Enjoy it.
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Format: Hardcover
Steve Martin's LATE FOR SCHOOL pairs fun drawings by C.F. Payne with a CD with the song performed by author Steve Martin as it tells of a boy who always finds it a challenge to get to school on time. Fun lyrics receive Payne's equally fun drawings in a multimedia presentation perfect for gift-giving.
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A cute story about a boy that wakes up late for school. It's told in a poem form and also made into a song at the end if the book. Written by Steve Martin.
Illustrations are absolutely delightful. What a nice job !
This would be very cute for maybe 5 - 7 year olds.
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I heard this song for the first time on his CD, then noticed it was a book with the song to play while reading it. What a fun thing to read on the first day of school?! Steve Martin is a very talented person.
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This is a very cool book and it came with a CD of Steve Martin singing the story while playing his banjo. Steve is a great entertainer and the style of this is reminiscent of his early standup act in the late 70s and early 80s, but obviously toned down for a young audience. The illustrations in this book are like a surreal version of Norman Rockwell and are very well done. Just know before hand that it is a short book and is written in a poetry format.
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This is a cute picture book following the lyrics of Steve Martin's banjo tune. The illustrations are quite nice. The book included a CD with two versions of the song. On the first, Steve Martin sings and plays the song; on the second, just the tune plays so readers can try to sing along. I did find that the pagination didn't always work with the rhyming, so the CD was helpful for that reason. Listen to the CD several times and follow along with the book for the most enjoyment.

Lisa Ard
Author of 'Fright Flight, Dream Seekers Book One'
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A children's book, told in rhyme, with illustrations by C.F. Payne.

The text of this book is/are actually the lyrics of a song by the same name by Martin, appearing on his 2009 bluegrass album The Crow: New Songs for the Five String Banjo. It's a fun, jokey little song, and it makes for a fun, jokey little book!
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My grandpa had just died and I was taking my grandma up to Traverse City to visit with family. My little cousin who was 5 years old at the time kept wanting to hear "grandpa's song!" which was Late for school by Steve Martin. We all piled into the car to pick up his sister from kindergarten and on the way my cousin and I started making motions to this song. Later we had to go back to my cousins school to watch her school play. Again on our way there they wanted "Number 4" they would shout, "Grandma! Number 4, Number 4!" And ever since then when we all get into the car all they want to here is song number 4 on Steve Martins Banjo cd. When the book came out my grandma and I rushed to Barnes and Noble to pick up the book so that for Christmas they could have the book.
Every time I hear this song or see this book I can't help but think of my grandpa who played banjo like Steve Martin and my cousins who always wanted to hear Number 4!
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