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I bought this for a college grad who is going to be a first year teacher in the fall. I thought it might be a good book about first day jitters that both the teacher and students might be feeling. I was really disappointed when I read it and decided that this wasn’t a message I would want a new teacher to convey to her class. Basically it was about a teacher who thought she would hate her new school (the author uses the word hate a lot in this book which I didn’t care for). She didn’t want to be there and didn’t want to go. There is no resolution in the book to show how great the day was. In the end it just shows that it wasn’t a child who thought she would hate the school. It was the teacher herself. Definitely not the message I would want any new teacher to share with his or her class.
Cute story, but the author chose to use the word “hate” multiple times throughout the book. I can’t stand this word, and find it inappropriate for a children’s book. I bought this for my kindergartner but won’t be reading it to her.
I expected this to be a book age appropriate for a child going to school/pre school/Kindy for the first time who was afraid. It was not at all like that. It's more appropriate for a child group of around 8-10 who are concerned about changing schools.
Unfortunately the book did not help us at all with my nephew who is scared to go to school. I will have to donate it elsewhere.
These reviews have to be a phony. They have to be - there's no way that this can be a 5-star rated book on over 260 reviews, especially with headlines like, 'made my whole family laugh', 'great book to read on the first day of school', etc. They are absolutely phony reviews - even if 260 seems excessive, they have to be - there is NO other explanation. This book is garbage, plain and simple. Allow me to explain - the plot - which is one that isn't revealed until the last page but one that I will reveal now (spoiler alert!) - is about a lazy, married woman who's a new teacher in a new school and, yet, on the first day of school (when the reader is presuming that it's a student rather than a teacher), she doesn't want to go to school because she 'hates' it - which is written on three separate occasions in the first seven pages. So the entire book is about her husband trying to convince her to go to school (and reminding her why she'll enjoy it - again the presumption by the reader on the first time through is that it's a father trying to get their daughter/son out of bed for the first day of school). So while it's an 'interesting' twist at the end of the book, it's beyond silly. Not to mention that this teaches our children, what? That it's okay to hate school? That their teachers hate going to school too? That being a responsible audit is something you can avoid by just staying in bed? Listen, I'm truly not trying to twist and turn an innocent plot into something that is blown way out of proportion, but honestly, this book is terrible and it's a terrible lesson to our children. I read it once to my daughter and was embarrassed to have read it to her and I returned it the moment we finished and you should too. We should expect better from the books we read to them.