Published by Roaring Brook Press
Summary: There’s a new school in town. Every day, the janitor comes to visit him, but the janitor assures him others will be there soon. School’s not sure how he feels about this, and the first day of school brings both bad and good. There are a few kids with attitude who say they hate school (School manages to squirt one of them in the nose with one of his water fountains), and a little girl with freckles who is scared of school. School feels bad when his fire alarm accidentally goes off. But School learns some interesting stuff, and at the end of the day, the girl with freckles makes a beautiful picture of him, complete with glitter. As School and the janitor watch the sun go down, School is pretty sure he’s ready for another day with the kids. 40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Is this a brilliant idea, or what? I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since I heard about it, and it didn’t disappoint. There’s plenty of humor, yet a sensitivity to how different kids might feel on the first day of school. Caldecott Honoree Christian Robinson’s illustrations perfectly capture the elementary school feel. This would be a great read-aloud for the first day of school.
Cons: Teachers, I apologize for reminding you on June 26 that there WILL be a first day of school.