Tuesday, August 15, 2017

School's First Day of School

School's First Day of School. Adam Rex. 2016. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: That summer, they dug up the big field, and poured the foundation, and set brick on top of brick until they'd built a school. A sign above the door read, FREDERICK DOUGLASS ELEMENTARY. "That's a good name for me," thought the school.

Premise/plot: If schools could talk, what would they say? Adam Rex gives us his answer to this question in SCHOOL'S FIRST DAY. Will school like the students and teachers? Will school yearn for the days when it was just the two of them--the school and a lone janitor? What kind of memories will the school make during the school year?

My thoughts: Interesting premise, I must admit. Not entirely realistic, however. I can't get over the fact that one lone janitor is all the staff he ever sees (and gets to know) BEFORE the first day of school. Since teachers often spend at least a week or two before school starts for children. Most teachers head back, I imagine, before they have to because there is so much that HAS to be done. But setting aside real life, this one has its cute moments.

Text: 3 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Total: 6 out of 10

© 2017 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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