Tuesday, March 24

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School
Written by Davide Cali, illustrated by Benjamin Chaud

My rating: ★★★

ISBN: 978-1452131689
Publisher: Chronicle
Date of publication: March 3, 2015
Age: Grades K - 3

Themes: excuses, imagination, tardiness, determination

"First, some giant ants steal breakfast. Then there are the evil ninjas, massive ape, mysterious mole people, giant blob, and countless other daunting (and astonishing) detours along the way to school. Are these excuses really why this student is late? Or is there another explanation that is even more outrageous than the rest?" (from the cover).

Really, it's exactly what you think it is: a kid has quite the story to tell when his teacher asks him why he's late to class. I will say, though, that the author has quite the imagination; the list of excuses is quite extensive. And the ending is a great kicker. The illustrations are rather whimsical, and match the story well. Even the end pages are rather...hairy. I think grade-schoolers will appreciate this more than younger kids; it's a picture book, but the content is for older kids. Try it out.

Find it at your library or on Amazon

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