Back-to-School Rules

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School's in session! When it comes to surviving school, Percy's at the head of the class. If you can follow his ten simple rules, making the grade will be a piece of cake (and school will be a lot of fun). But there's more to school than showing up on time and staying awake in class. If you have any doubts, Percy also shows exactly what not to do. • No spitballs! • No running in the halls! • No bouncing off the ceiling! • No crazy scheming! See what other trouble—and tips—Percy ...

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Overview

School's in session! When it comes to surviving school, Percy's at the head of the class. If you can follow his ten simple rules, making the grade will be a piece of cake (and school will be a lot of fun). But there's more to school than showing up on time and staying awake in class. If you have any doubts, Percy also shows exactly what not to do. • No spitballs! • No running in the halls! • No bouncing off the ceiling! • No crazy scheming! See what other trouble—and tips—Percy has in mind!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Percy, the self-assured host from Thanksgiving Rules, returns with some guidelines for starting school on the right foot. Unlike the previous book, though, these rules are all about "what not to do." Thus, Percy explains rules like don't be late, don't be impolite, no running, and no contradicting the teacher, culminating in a laundry list of "don'ts" listed on a chalkboard. Murfin creates a playfully skewed school environment with her wobbly collages and rosy-cheeked students, but after this litany of don'ts and nos, readers may have trouble taking the final rule—"Don't forget to have lots of fun!"—to heart. Ages 5–9. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Lisa Kuehne
If you can follow his ten simple rules, making the grade will be a piece of cake. What is not to love about this fun character, Percy Isaac Gifford? He is head of his class when it comes to surviving school and is willing to share in this humorous picture book. Friedman does an amazing job teaching children about values, rules, and proper behavior while making it fun and entertaining. Educators as well as parents will be thrilled to share this fun book with their children and use it as a perfect teaching opportunity. Murfin's illustrations fit well with the character and plot and keep readers intrigued. Although Percy reminds readers of all the things they should not do in school to avoid trouble, he also gives them some other valuable advice: not to forget to have lots of fun. And is not that what being a kid is all about? Well done, Friedman. Reviewer: Lisa Kuehne
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Percy Isaac Gifford is headed back to school and wishes to offer fellow students advice on how to earn an A+. What follows is a seemingly endless string of "don'ts" written in labored verse: "An important rule to follow:/Don't forget to use your brain./That means leave your plans at home/That qualify as insane!" While some of the advice is practical, such as not being late and not teasing, some is just silly: "No hanging from the ceiling./No flying through the air./No swimming in the fish tank./No glitter in your hair." This intense barrage of negativity (one page uses the word "don't" a dozen times) is unlikely to allay or mitigate any concerns children dealing with back-to-school anxiety may have; it's more likely to leave them feeling there are so many pitfalls that they can't possibly avoid them all. The teacher has an expression of annoyance more often than not and seems to do nothing but give orders. The final piece of advice, "Don't forget to have lots of fun," strikes an odd note as no fun is ever described. Better books on this topic abound, including Dr. Seuss's Hooray for Diffendoofer Day (Knopf, 1998) and Kathryn Lasky's Lunch Bunnies (Little, Brown, 1996).—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761360704
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Carolrhoda Picture Books Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 145,171
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD410L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Friedman is the author of many award-winning books for children. She writes the popular Mallory books, a series of chapter books for 7-10 year olds. Critics have praised the Mallory books, saying that Mallory deserves a place beside Judy Moody, Amber Brown, and Junie B. Jones. Laurie is also the author of numerous picture books including Love Ruby Valentine; Ruby Valentine Saves the Day; I'm Not Afraid of this Haunted House; and Thanksgiving Rules. Laurie lives in Miami with her family and her dog, Ollie.

Teresa Murfin graduated in 2001 with a degree in Illustration from Falmouth College of Art, UK. She has since been living and working in Bristol, England, as a freelance illustrator. Teresa has worked for a variety of clients, including Lerner, Scholastic, Oxford University Press, BT, Weightwatchers, Hodder, and Simon & Schuster. Picture books published include Hide & Seek Turkeys by Judith Ross Enderle & Stephanie Jacob Gordon, I'm Not Afraid of this Haunted House by Laurie Friedman, Animal Soup by Ian Whybrow and Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie Friedman.

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  • Posted January 25, 2012

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    What a beautiful picture book!!

    School is simple for those old and new
    you just need to know the things not to do.
    Follow Percy's return to school
    learn from him, don't be such a fool!

    Review: We loved looking through the pictures. The kids - 3 through 10 - laughed uproariously.
    Ok, ok. I admit. I love the rhyming books most of all!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2011

    Percy's humorous back-to-school rules, will give any young student a case of the giggles and a few "ideas."

    Percy Isaac Gifford is ready to head back to school and he has not one, two three four, five, but ten special rules for everyone to pay attention to. Percy waved his stop sign in the crosswalk at the traffic as children crossed the street on their way to school. Crossing guards have important jobs, but it was even more important for him to tell every one the rules they must pay attention to when schools starts. "I get the most out of my school year. / I promise, you can too. / The rules of success are simple: / Just know what NOT to do." The first, and one of the most important rules, is to show up on time. No sticking your nose up to the window in the classroom door hoping no one will notice you sneak in!

    If you make excuses, they don't wash with Percy (nor with teachers) and it's a plus to be polite. There are all kinds of little things you need to pay attention to in class. NO foolishness allowed and if you think you're going to think about putting that tack on the teacher's chair . . . don't. Percy Isaac Gifford is a seasoned pro and does know what you can and cannot do at school. There are many important rules, but Rule 8 is more of the most important of all: "No teasing, taunting, fighting. / No punches, pokes, or kicks. / you should not laugh at others. / Never, ever play mean tricks." That means spitballs are out of the question. If you want to learn about things not to do you might want to listen to Percy Isaac Gifford, a boy in the know!

    Percy's humorous back-to-school rules, will give any young student a case of the giggles and a few "ideas." Percy has ten basic rules, but as I read through the book each rule has several subsections, especially his rule about what "NEVER to do in school." This rule shows Percy at a blackboard in a two-page spread using a pointer to tell us all about those horrid things that many of us have done or will do in school. This list is the one that most youngsters will find the most humorous, especially when he talks about things like refraining from slithering on the floor. This is a lighthearted, comical tale with whimsical artwork that certainly adds to Percy's rule book. Percy is a fellow who obviously has learned from experience and any school newbie will enjoy learning what NOT to do in this easy "rule" book!


    This book courtesy of the publisher.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

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    Absolutely Adorable!!

    I loved this book! I plan to read it to my oldest as often as I can before she starts kindergarten ina couple of weeks!

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