Almost Late for School: And More School Poems

Almost Late for School: And More School Poems

by Carol Diggory Shields, Paul Meisel
     
 

Here is a follow-up to the ever-popular Lunch Money, with all the clever exuberance and child's-eye view that made the first book an IRA-CBC Children's Choice and reviewers say, "This collection . . . belongs in every classroom." Late to school? Tell the story of all the daring deeds that delayed you. Got a science project? Make your brother disappear. From

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Here is a follow-up to the ever-popular Lunch Money, with all the clever exuberance and child's-eye view that made the first book an IRA-CBC Children's Choice and reviewers say, "This collection . . . belongs in every classroom." Late to school? Tell the story of all the daring deeds that delayed you. Got a science project? Make your brother disappear. From dreaded oral reports and cranky bandleaders to broken friendships and frantic fund-raisers, these twenty-two poems offer humor, surprise, and a knowing slant on the changing moods of a school day. Paul Meisel illustrates the mischief and mayhem with lively energy.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In a larger size and with full-color art, Almost Late to School and More School Poems by Carol Diggory Shields, illus. by Paul Meisel, covers some of the same ground in less slyly subversive poems. The rhymes here list the terrors of giving an oral report and complain about detention ("I'm sitting in detention,/ And I feel like I've been framed./ Sitting in detention,/ I'm the one who got the blame"). Meisel's loose line and watercolor wash matches the breezy tone. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
These twenty-two poems tackle the world of school: the first day, student jealousies, the playground, detention, teachers and friends. "Science Fair Project" is cleverly set up with the purpose, hypothesis, materials, procedure, results and conclusion individually addressed. His project? Why, to make his brother disappear, of course! "Poem for Two Voices" would be good to include in a unit on friendship. Most of the verse, however, is quite ordinary, and the singsong rhythm can become tedious if several poems are read at the same time. The cartoon-style illustrations show both male and female teachers as well as children of all races. The cover shows a little girl on the bus thumbing her nose at the boy trying to catch up to the bus and losing his backpack and homework in the process. 2003, Dutton, Ages 5 to 8.
— Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-A companion book to Lunch Money: And Other Poems about School (Dutton, 1995). The 22 energetic selections reflect the typical day-to-day activities and problems including being late for school, the first day, having to go to the bathroom, fund-raising, and other events. Shields utilizes a variety of forms including a concrete poem, poems for two voices, and a jump-rope rhyme. Meisel's vibrant cartoon illustrations are lively and fun and capture the poems' humor and insight. Students will relate to the situations presented and the emotions that are expressed. A welcome addition, whether as a read-aloud or for children to enjoy independently.-Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Twenty-two poems present a mostly lighthearted look at the trials and tribulations of elementary school. Young readers will certainly empathize with the children who create a diabolical science project to make a little brother disappear, feel terrified of giving an oral report, get an attack of giggles, or worst of all, are afraid to ask to go to the bathroom. Sprinkled among all the laughter are several thoughtful pieces about friendships and self-understanding. There is also a pointed lament about the fundraising activities that seem to go on all year. Although a few of the rhymes and rhythms are awkward, most of the poems have an easy, singsong rhythm and a nice mixture of predictable and clever rhymes. Meisel's sprightly cartoons provide just the right accompaniment. This one might bring on an attack of giggles. (Poetry. 6-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525457435
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.62(w) x 10.54(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

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