The Exceptionally, Extraordinarily Ordinary First Day of School

The Exceptionally, Extraordinarily Ordinary First Day of School

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Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
On the first day back to school from summer vacation, John is the new kid. When the librarian asks him if the school is any different from his last one, he begins a wildly imaginative story about what it was like. What follows are hilarious scenarios—his old school bus was a safari jeep pulled by wild creatures, the school was a castle, and the lunch menu included worms! His imagination wins him the attention and awe of his librarian and peers, setting the tone for a compelling story about conquering the fears of being a new kid, as well as the first-day jitters that many children experience.


Albert Lorenz’s over-the-top illustrations, reminiscent of the work of MAD magazine’s early artists, bring the story to life. Speech bubbles and side panels make reference to and define objects in the art (in the most humorous and irreverent way).

Baker & Taylor
Moving to a new school at the end of summer vacation, John concocts a wildly imaginative tall tale when the librarian asks him to describe his former school, in a story complemented by whimsical anecdotes about how to overcome first-day jitters.

& Taylor

On his first day at a new school, John answers the librarian's questions about what his former school was like, concocting a wild story of attending classes in a castle, where the lunch menu includes worms and storybook characters come to life.

Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2010
ISBN: 9780810989603
Branch Call Number: E LOREN
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 x 29 cm


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