- Expected Jun 29, 2021
An acclaimed author and a #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator team up to bring us a funny, warm, and utterly winning chapter book that follows, day by day, the first hundred days in one first grader's classroom.
In just one hundred days, Harry will learn how to overcome first-day jitters, what a "family circle" is, why guinea pigs aren't scary after all, what a silent "e" is about, how to count to 100 in tons of different ways, and much more. He'll make great friends, celebrate lots of holidays, and learn how to use his words. In other words, he will become an expert first grader.
Made up of one hundred short chapters and accompanied by tons of energetic illustrations from bestselling illustrator of The Good Egg and The Bad Seed, this is a chapter book all first graders will relate to--one that captures all the joys and sorrows of the first hundred days of school.
"Funny, original, and completely captivating." --R. J. Palacio, bestselling author of Wonder
Endearing from the get-go, this warm, funny early chapter book introduces Brooklynite Harry Bergen-Murphy on the eve of school's opening day, as he laments the "too-short haircut" that will make him "the eariest kid in first grade, probably." Also on his list of worries are strict teachers, rules, learning to read, mean kids, "scary classroom guinea pigs" and making friends. His gently firm teacher helps the intermittently impulsive boy over some of these hurdles, building his confidence, squelching his penchant for whispering during class, and supporting his mission to discover what he can become an "expert" at. Harry's intuitive mother coaches him about using his words to counter disappointment and anger, and his caring sister comforts him when he feels let down by friends and slyly cures his fear of guinea pigs. In brief clips of Harry's first 100 days, Jenkins (Toys Meet Snow) spotlights Harry's adjustment to school, insightfully and entertainingly revealing his burgeoning self-reliance, tightening grasp on the meaning of friendship and family, and appreciation of the value of empathy and acceptance. Expressive color cartoons art by Oswald (The Bad Seed) amplify Harry's earnestness and likability. Ages 5 8. Author's agent: Elizabeth Kaplan, Elizabeth Kaplan Agency. Illustrator's agent: Kirsten Hall, Catbird Agency.