My School Stinks!

by Becky Scharnhorst (Author) Julia Patton (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Dear Diary, Today is the first day at my new school and I think there's been a mistake. My desk mate stinks, my locker buddy bites, and my teacher is unbearable! I told Mom my classmates are WILD ANIMALS but she said all little kids are wild animals. I think I'm going to be sick tomorrow.

Celebrate back to school (and even calm some back-to-school nerves) with this clever and funny story about a boy who accidentally winds up at a school for animals, but soon realizes friends can come in all shapes, sizes, and species. A great read for kindergarten through second grade!


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Publishers Weekly

Stuart, a freckled, pale-skinned, redheaded child with glasses, is nervous for their first day of school at Wildwood Elementary--only to face a beastly surprise. The class is made up entirely of unruly animals: the monkeys drop Stuart from the monkey bars onto Patricia the porcupine, Betty the beaver whittles through all of the child's pencils, and Charlie the crocodile eats their science experiment. But slowly, Stuart begins to adjust to the new environment with the help of their mouse teacher and a friendly crocodile classmate. Scharnhorst's humorous narration is presented on each page as Stuart's diary entries on notebook paper inserts. Animal humor aplenty enlivens the tale, while Patton's mixed traditional and digital media art amplify the comedy with dynamic scenes and cartoonish characters. An encouraging new-kid narrative told from an entertaining perspective. Ages 4-8. (July)

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Review quotes

This story has an amusing tongue-in-cheek quality in which the text can be read as exaggeration but the pictures bear out the child's perspective. For children accused of having wild imaginations, this is an affirming treat. Just might convince complaining children that their school isn't so bad after all. —Kirkus reviews

Along with being a good choice for children anxious about their own upcoming "first day," this offers a nifty exercise in reading between the lines.--Booklist

Scharnhorst's humorous narration is presented on each page as Stuart's diary entries on notebook paper inserts. Animal humor aplenty enlivens the tale, while Patton's mixed traditional and digital media art amplify the comedy with dynamic scenes and cartoonish characters. An encouraging new-kid narrative told from an entertaining perspective. —Publishers Weekly
Becky Scharnhorst
Becky Scharnhorst is a children's book author who lives in Wisconsin with her family and quite a few wild animals, only two of which are her kids. When she's not reading or writing, she can be found hiking through the woods, baking something sweet, or thinking happy thoughts. You can visit Becky online at beckyscharnhorst.com or follow her on Twitter and Instagram @beckyscharn.

Julia Patton is an illustrator originating from the wilderness in Northumberland, UK. She loves illuminating magical stories like this one, and in particular loves drawing silly stinky creatures. When she's not happily scribbling away in her woodshed, you'll find her planting trees and camping with her very own pack of wildlings. You can visit Julia online at juliapatton.co.uk or follow her on Twtitter @julia_patton and on Instagram @julspatton.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780593116524
Lexile Measure
N/A
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
July 20, 2021
Series
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