School's First Day of School by Adam Rex, Christian Robinson


School's First Day of School by Adam Rex, Christian Robinson

It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him? The school has a rough start, but as the day goes on, he soon recovers when he sees that he's not the only one going through first day jitters.


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

.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

About the Author

Adam Rex has written several books for young readers, including the New York Times bestselling Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich and The True Meaning of Smekday. His first day of school was at Lookout Mountain Elementary in Phoenix. He lives now with his wife and son in Tucson.

Christian Robinson's award-winning books for young readers include Josephine, which was a Coretta Scott King Honor Book as well as a Sibert Honor Book and Harlem's Little Blackbird, which was an NAACP Image Award nominee. His latest book Last Stop on Market Street earned four starred reviews and was on the New York Times bestseller list. This is his first book for Roaring Brook Press.

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40 pages


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Publication date

1st July 2016



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