A clever, comical re-imagining of the classic "first day of school" story, with a circus twist!
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages! It's the most amazing day on earth: the first day of school! It can be a daunting prospect, but don't worry - your big brother can show you the ropes. Join a nervous boy and his enthusiastic older brother as they navigate the highs and lows of a first day at school . . . except this school is a big top, and the teacher is named Miss Stupendous, and the cafeteria can be a zoo, literally! It turns out, school isn't so scary when you can let off steam during recess (on a steam train) and walk on stilts to all of your classes. With a bit of help from family and some new friends, you'll make it to the top of the class in no time! This charming take on school readiness will delight new school-goers and take a bit of the fear out of those first-day jitters.
The first day of any school can be overwhelming, but with a big brother who knows the ropes and, in this case, the tightrope and the trapeze a child goes from nervous newbie to full-fledged performer. As the older sibling acts as guide and sage ("School looks big!" he says as they enter a huge striped tent, "But you'll find your way around"), Lazar (7 Ate 9) and Crowton (Mousie, I Will Read to You) recast the familiar sights and sounds of school-going as circus experiences: the school bus is a yellow clown car crammed full of vividly costumed students, and the teacher, Miss Stupendous, is a strongwoman. The book is more a compilation of cute ideas than a compelling narrative arc, but its tone encourages, and its art, rendered in big-top tones of yellow, blue, and pink, has the winsome simplicity of screen print illustrations. Ages 3 7.