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The Exceptionally, Extraordinarily Ordinary First Day of School
by Albert Lorenz


Overview - On the first day back to school from summer vacation, John is the new kid. When the librarian asks him if the school is any different from his last one, he begins a wildly imaginative story about what it was like. What follows are hilarious scenarios his old school bus was a safari jeep pulled by wild creatures, the school was a castle, and the lunch menu included worms His imagination wins him the attention and awe of his librarian and peers, setting the tone for a compelling story about conquering the fears of being a new kid, as well as the first-day jitters that many children experience.  Read more...

 
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Overview
On the first day back to school from summer vacation, John is the new kid. When the librarian asks him if the school is any different from his last one, he begins a wildly imaginative story about what it was like. What follows are hilarious scenarios his old school bus was a safari jeep pulled by wild creatures, the school was a castle, and the lunch menu included worms His imagination wins him the attention and awe of his librarian and peers, setting the tone for a compelling story about conquering the fears of being a new kid, as well as the first-day jitters that many children experience. Albert Lorenz s over-the-top illustrations, reminiscent of the work of "MAD" magazine s early artists, bring the story to life. Speech bubbles and side panels make reference to and define objects in the art (in the most humorous and irreverent way)."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810989603
  • ISBN-10: 0810989603
  • Publisher: Abrams Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: August 2010
  • Page Count: 80
  • Reading Level: Ages 6-9


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > School & Education

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2010-07-26
  • Reviewer: Staff

When the librarian asks a new student about his old school, John describes a place full of wild characters and even wilder adventures. Inside the castle-like building, teachers eat students, animals run rampant, history class involves a time machine, and the field trips are out of this world. Bordering each page are often hilarious “definitions” of items featured in Lorenz’s frenetic scenes (“School bus--A terror-filled nightmare on wheels.... Life only gets worse from here on out”), which are sprinkled with speech bubbles. There’s a dizzying amount of text and art on each spread--no shortage of fodder for readers whose tastes gravitate toward the strange and surreal. Ages 6–9. (Aug.)

 
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