This book is published by Hyperion Books for Children
And this book is published by Nancy Paulsen Books
Summary: Well, teachers, we’re halfway through July, and it’s not too early to be thinking about your first-day-of-school reading choices, is it? Mo Willems has created a new pigeon book that has the pigeon resisting the first day of school: he already knows everything, he’s not really a morning guy, and most of all he’s afraid of the unknown. But when he learns that going to school involves riding on a bus, he’s all in. The King of Kindergarten relates what his first day of school will be like, riding in a big yellow carriage to the doors of the fortress, sitting at the round table, and displaying courage by asking a classmate to play at recess. A report of a nice teacher, new friends, and a fun recess ends the day, with anticipation of another fun day for His Royal Highness up ahead. 40 pages (Pigeon) and 32 page (King); ages 4-8.
Pros: Two upbeat books that address kids’ concern with humor and compassion. Either one would be a good choice for the first day of preschool or kindergarten, and the pigeon would fly in first or second grade as well.
Cons: Parents might want to exercise caution on calling their child the king or queen of kindergarten…there’s enough entitlement out there already.