Max & Mo's First Day at School (Ready to Read: Level One)

by Patricia Lakin (Author) Brian Floca (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
In a series of adorable Level 1 Ready-to-Reads, award-winning author Patricia Lakin and the ever-talented Brian Floca tell the story of two hamsters who live in a classroom as pets. Mo, a hamster who likes to know things, and Max, a hamster who likes to make things, team up to bust out of their cage and explore their art class/home during holiday time.

In each story, these furry friends learn about a holiday and make a tie-in craft that readers learn to make too, thanks to Patty's simple instructions in the back of each book. 

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 1Two class hamsters go back to school after summer break and discover that the new kids do not know their names. Embarrassed by being called Tummy and Fluffy, Max and Mo sneak out of their cage at night to make their own name tags. The next day, the little creatures are called by their right names. With plenty of simple sentences and easy vocabulary, this book will delight beginning readers. The pencil-and-watercolor illustrations are filled with activity as the hamsters set about their task, and the book concludes with directions for making a rolled-up name tag like Max's and Mo's."Erika Qualls, Ela Area Public Library District, Lake Zurich, IL" Copyright 2007 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Patricia Lakin
Patricia Lakin, a former elementary school teacher and an award-winning author, has written more than fifty published works. Her books, both fiction and nonfiction, span multiple age groups--from toddlers to middle graders. Patricia lives in New York City with her husband, Lee Koenigsberg. They have two grown sons, Aaron and Benjahmin. When not reading, writing, or researching, she can be found traveling with Lee to far-off places in the world.

Brian Floca is the author and illustrator of the acclaimed picture books Locomotive, winner of the Caldecott Medal and a New York Times bestseller; Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11; and Lightship, each a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book. He is the illustrator of numerous additional books, including Avi's Poppy series. You can visit him online at
Lexile Measure
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Simon Spotlight
Publication date
June 20, 2007
Ready to Read: Level One
BISAC categories
JUV002180 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.
JUV035000 - Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
JUV043000 - Juvenile Fiction | Readers | Beginner
Library of Congress categories
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