Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten

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From the author of the 2013 Caldecott Honor Book, ONE COOL FRIEND!

Annie Grace wears her 'Adventure Annie' cape to her first day of kindergarten, and proceeds to barrel through the day, searching for adventure in every moment. Her interpretation of the class's Gold Star Rules isn't exactly what her teacher, Mr. Todd, had in mind. But somehow Annie does manage to save the day when two of her classmates get lost on their way to retrieve the afternoon snack. Spirited and funny, ...

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From the author of the 2013 Caldecott Honor Book, ONE COOL FRIEND!

Annie Grace wears her 'Adventure Annie' cape to her first day of kindergarten, and proceeds to barrel through the day, searching for adventure in every moment. Her interpretation of the class's Gold Star Rules isn't exactly what her teacher, Mr. Todd, had in mind. But somehow Annie does manage to save the day when two of her classmates get lost on their way to retrieve the afternoon snack. Spirited and funny, this is an introduction to kindergarten that will please kids and teachers alike.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Last seen going off to work, Adventure Annie is back with a story about following rules while staying true to yourself. Annie is more than ready to start school and wants to become a Gold Star Deputy. But for that to happen, Annie must obey the Gold Star Rules, which always seem to get in the way of her adventures. After several mishaps, Annie figures out a way to do what she’s told--and still save the day. With the help this ever-spunky heroine, readers will discover that, as Annie’s mother puts it, “Sometimes... kindergarten is its own adventure.” Ages 4-8. (May)
A fine addition to the Adventure Annie series
From the Publisher
“Humor and high spirits. A fine addition to the Adventure Annie series.”—Booklist
Children's Literature - Maggie Chase
The first "Adventure Annie" story depicts Annie's trip to her mother's office, while this one describes the exuberance Annie feels about her first day of kindergarten. Irrepressible and ready for new adventures, Annie does all she can to earn the kindergarten Gold Star Deputy award for the day but misinterprets time and again how that could be done. She paints the hamster's cage in an effort to give it a more "natural" habitat, she runs outside without permission to swing on the jungle gym, and she tries to lure her quiet tablemates into joining her in a "circus adventure" atop the chairs. Mr. Todd, the teacher, demonstrates patience and understanding for Annie's imaginative and energetic outlook on life. In the end, he calls on Annie to help rescue two classmates who left to fetch the milk wagon, but become lost in the school building. Her success is rewarded in a satisfying if predictable way. Buzzeo uses some wonderful words to describe Anne's movements, such as squizzle, ziggle and zaggle, and Wummer uses humor and precision to depict the myriad expressions on Annie's face throughout her day. Children about to head off to kindergarten or those currently attending it will no doubt be able to identify the Annie in their own class, whether male or female. It presents an opportunity to discuss how differences in temperaments and outlooks make for a marvelously rich learning environment. Reviewer: Maggie Chase
School Library Journal
Pre-K—With her signature starry headband and red boots and cape, Adventure Annie approaches her first day of kindergarten with gusto. In her enthusiasm, she proceeds to break the first two Kindergarten Gold Star Rules—"Respect our classroom and everything in it" and "Make good decisions"-by painting the classroom hamster cage and sneaking out to the jungle gym. She redeems herself, however, when she is asked to find two lost helpers. She keeps her teacher updated on her search with a walkie-talkie and using her inside voice (Gold Star Rule #3). Annie finally finds the missing youngsters with the principal and leads them back to class safely (avoiding the temptation of other adventures along the way), thus fulfilling the final Gold Star Rule: "Be kind and helpful to others." For her efforts, Annie receives the Gold Star Deputy badge for the day. Annie's good intentions, optimism, and curiosity make her a likable character and an excellent one to dispel fears for incoming kindergartners. Rendered in pencil and bright watercolors, the cheerful cartoon art, which occupies most of each page, will delight Annie's fans—Kim T. Ha, Elkridge Branch Library, MD
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803733589
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 5/13/2010
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 984,086
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD470L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Toni Buzzeo

Toni Buzzeo, the acclaimed author of 20 picture books as well as 11 books for educators, was born in Dearborn, Michigan and grew up in the Dearborn Public Libraries, reading nearly every book in the children's and young adult sections of the Snow Branch library before taking a job downtown at the Main library as a Library Page and then a Library Assistant to put herself through college.

After earning a BA and MA in English from the University of Michigan, she worked for a decade as a college and high school English teacher. She then earned an MLIS from the University of Rhode Island and returned to libraries as a school librarian. She was named Maine Library Media Specialist of the Year in 1999 and continued to work as an elementary school librarian while she launched a successful writing career.

In 2013, Toni's New York Times best-selling book One Cool Friend, illustrated by David Small, won a Caldecott Honor. It also won the Maine Literary Award for Children's Books from the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance in the same year. 

Since her first book, The Sea Chest, won a Maine Lupine Honor in 2003, Toni has received many other awards for her books, including a 2004-2005 Children's Gallery Award, also for The Sea Chest, and the 2012 Time of Wonder award for Lighthouse Christmas. Her books Dawdle Duckling, Little Loon and Papa, and One Cool Friend have been chosen by the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for international distribution to young children. Just Like My Papa, Stay Close to Mama, and Dawdle Duckling have all been Children's Book of the Month Club selections as well. Toni currently has four more picture books under contract.

Toni is a bit of a vagabond, writing in a charming writing cottage built by her husband on 35 acres of a colonial farm in Buxton, Maine, writing at the Cambridge Public Library near her grandbaby in Massachusetts, and slipping down to write in her sunny winter nest in Sarasota, Florida when the weather turns blustery at home. 

A well-known speaker, Toni speaks extensively in schools as well as at conferences and district and regional professional development trainings, both nationally and internationally. Visit her website at

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

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    Adventure Annie Rocks!

    There are many neat books to share with Kindergarten students during the first weeks of school. Frankly, I can't wait for the next school year to start so I can share Toni Buzzeo's latest book. "Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten".

    Annie returns in vibrant colors thanks to illustrator Amy Wummer. The bright artwork coupled with Buzzeo's adventure hungry Annie, take on Kindergarten full steam ahead! Annie arrives with her adventure cape and attitude for her first day of school.

    Mr. Todd, the kindergarten teacher shares the Gold Star Rules for class but Annie has her own interpretation. Buzzeo hits a homerun as Annie tries to create her own adventures one after another trying to earn a Gold Star.

    The duo of Buzzeo and Wummer have created a character that brings out the kindergartener in all of us! More please!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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