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School's First Day of School Hardcover – June 28, 2016
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PreS-Gr 1—Step aside, other first day of school books: there's a new school in town. After construction and a summer of tender loving care from the janitor, Frederick Douglass Elementary's first day finally arrives. And what a day it is: hordes of children with all their feelings, mess, noise, new concepts, and even a fire alarm (which the school finds deeply embarrassing). Worried but curious, impetuous, and vulnerable, the school works as a perfect proxy for nervous child readers. Rex's warm and goofy text is brought to life by Robinson's vivid collage illustrations. His signature round-headed, tulip-handed figures are diverse and appealing, from the supportive janitor to the "little girl with freckles" who slowly warms up to school at the same time that the school is warming up to the children. VERDICT A+: an essential purchase that is simultaneously funny, frank, and soothing. A perfect first day read-aloud.—Sarah Stone, San Francisco Public Library
Recipient of 7 starred reviews!
"Robinson (Last Stop on Market Street) gives the school just a hint of visual personification in his flattened, paint-and-collage artwork, as Rex (Moonday) deftly juggles well-placed jokes and keen insights into feeling comfortable in one’s own skin―or bricks, as the case may be."―Publishers Weekly, starred
"Using his signature, simple style, Robinson alternates scenes of the building and its interiors with shots that show the boisterously diverse kids' first day.A unique point of view makes this school book stand out."―Kirkus Reviews, starred
"Sure to become a staple for first days of school everywhere."―Horn Book, starred
"This charming reversal of first-day-of-school nerves will delight little ones
and help put their own anxieties at bay."―Booklist, starred
"An essential purchase that is simultaneously funny, frank, and soothing. A perfect first day read-aloud."― School Library Journal, starred
"A delightful, perspective-tweaking back-to-school picture book."―Shelf Awareness, starred
"Anthropomorphization of the whole building is a new and promising approach for school-shy youngsters, and it’ll make the already school-positive want to give their beloved building a hug."―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred
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The simple illustrations perfectly complement the calm, understated text. The artist doesn't make the school too cartoony, instead giving it just the bare hint of a face. The characters are all expressive and the illustrations pop against the stark white background. Above all, school is portrayed as a safe, even whimsical place filled with fun and learning. These illustrations add to the book's rather old fashioned feel, with little touches that will make sure kids spend time re-reading the story.
This is a sometimes subtle and always entertaining look at going to school that will be a perfect fit for any young student just starting kindergarten. An excellent gift for new students and a must have for classroom collections.