Michael Scott is Line Leader at Dunder Mifflin Elementary! It's a very big job, but Michael is sure he can live up to the "World's Best Line Leader" title printed on his water bottle. There's just one problem--Michael doesn't know how to lead the line.
Filled with colorful, detailed illustrations and brimming with Easter eggs and nods to iconic moments from the show, this hilarious reimagining features a pint-sized cast. This story will introduce The Office to a whole new generation and will teach them that everyone needs to ask for help sometimes. Even Line Leaders.
The core dynamic of hit TV show The Office was childish behavior, so transferring the characters to an early elementary school setting should be a no-brainer. Certainly it doesn't take a big leap of imagination to see Michael Scott, the book's narrator, as an eager but highly disorganized line leader ("I don't have a plan," he says, looking at the reader as a "World's Best Line Leader" sippy cup sits on his desk), and Dwight Schrute as his overly ambitious "Assistant to the Line Leader." The rest of the cast is here, too, drawn by Demmer (A Place for Pluto) in a wide-eyed cartoon style with just enough distinctive features to recall the cast of the American series. Pearlman (Pink Is for Boys) layers in the interesting idea that Michael's line anxieties aren't wholly unwarranted--there are a lot of ways to organize a line, which could inspire some lively discussion and even fun classroom activities. But the repackaging stumbles with bland jokes ("That's what she said") and in its portrayal of Toby, whose exclusion and bullying by others--played for rueful laughs in the television series--is downright mean here. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, LLC Used with permission.