Cesar Takes a Break

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When the children are away…the animals will play. Susan Collins Thoms makes a sparkling picture book debut with this hilarious story of class pets on the loose; colorful and humorous pictures by Québécois artist Rogé add to the great fun.
Life is great for Cesar the iguana. After all, he went from living in Pets-A-Plenty to an excellent new home in Ms. Lee’s elementary school classroom—with 25 best friends to pamper him. But now spring break has arrived, the kids are gone, and ...
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Overview

When the children are away…the animals will play. Susan Collins Thoms makes a sparkling picture book debut with this hilarious story of class pets on the loose; colorful and humorous pictures by Québécois artist Rogé add to the great fun.
Life is great for Cesar the iguana. After all, he went from living in Pets-A-Plenty to an excellent new home in Ms. Lee’s elementary school classroom—with 25 best friends to pamper him. But now spring break has arrived, the kids are gone, and poor Cesar’s a puddle of sadness. Until…he takes a vacation too! From classroom to classroom he wanders, meeting all the other school pets and making hilarious notes in his journal.
Before long, he’s feasting on strawberries, dancing the Iguana Shuffle, and playing hockey in the teacher’s lounge. Will he ever want to return to his cage?
Cesar’s having a blast—and young readers will too!
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"For children wondering what goes on at school during the breaks, a class pet with a big personality offers an eye-opening report. With everyone gone for spring vacation, school seems a dark, lonely place to Cesar the iguana—until he wanders into the lunchroom and meets Sassy, a guinea pig that makes her home with a different class. As it turns out, there’s a full round of recreational activities on tap for the school’s left behind menagerie, from a basketball tournament to a visit to the library. In simple, thickly brushed cartoons, Rogé depicts a smiling animal cast basking under the french-fry heat lamps, sacking out in the Lost and Found, reading books about one another, and, in general, having a great time. Come Sunday, Cesar has a decision to make: Should he stay free, or go back to his classroom? He opts for the latter, and the vacation stories of the children who return on Monday leave him making more wide-ranging summer plans. This lighthearted narrative closes with a page of iguana facts."--Booklist

"...droll humor and fresh perspectives...Rogé’s acrylic cartoons emphasize the comedy with bright colors and creative poses."--School Library Journal
Children's Literature - Janice DeLong
Lovably egotistical, Cesar the iguana relates in his journal what he and other classroom pets do when unsupervised over Spring Break. Faithful to record meals, basketball games, high drama, and music, Cesar chronicles the shenanigans of his newfound friends and their freedom to roam. The young readers' imagination and humor will be stretched as these normally docile creatures of the cage and bowl cavort from the principal's computer, where Cesar changes the menu and generously gives raises, to the gym, the library, and finally back to the classrooms. Cesar is the voice of reason to persuade the other truants to return to their respective homes so that their children will not "be 25 puddles of sadness" if the pets are not waiting at the end of the break. Much fun and new friends convince Cesar that Spring Break is a good thing, and he eagerly anticipates another one next year. The journal, written in primary font, will encourage the young writer to express her own ideas of what she imagines happens to the class pet when no humans are around to see, while reminding all readers of the responsibility of owning a pet. Reviewer: Janice DeLong
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K-Gr 3- A green iguana who has been left at school during spring break chronicles his escapades in his diary. Without his 25 best friends in Ms. Lee's second grade, Cesar is "a puddle of sadness." Then he discovers other unattended classroom pets, and he relishes tanning under the French fry heat lamp in the cafeteria, playing hockey in the teacher's lounge, and making art in the guinea pig's room. A renegade class-mouse-gone-wild makes Cesar contemplate utter freedom, but minding Peace the turtle's advice, he follows his heart and returns to Ms. Lee's room. Some of Cesar's droll humor and fresh perspectives are interrupted by an unexplained phrase such as "thanks to Daniel's karate kick, I got my own journal and pen." Some forced puns break up the flow as well, as when Cesar encourages hockey players to "give Peace a chance," and later takes Peace to the world (a globe). Rogé's acrylic cartoons emphasize the comedy with bright colors and creative poses. Pair this with Holly Meade's John Willy and Freddy McGee (Marshall Cavendish, 1998) for another tale of escaped pets, this time in the home, or Megan McDonald's The Night Iguana Left Home (DK, 1999) to contrast a pet who decides to leave for the wide world.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402736537
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 10.00 (d)

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    CUTE BOOK!

    This is a cute story. It is fun for older children to read alone. The read to me feature is a huge plus. Interesting and expressive voice.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Hay

    Dont be a hater like the book like i do the (the guy witg the swagar) -:)

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

    really cute book

    this book is very cute and the voice is so interesting. it kept my kids very interested. they want to read again and again

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2013

    Great story

    My 6 year old daughter loved the story of this class pet's vacation

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2012

    Funny

    Very cute!!!!!!
    But lots of money it should be 2.00

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Obtomus

    When i first got this i was like this is a kids book but i read it and changed my mind because my mom love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Great book

    My 5 yo loves to read this book and the pictures are great.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

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    Son's fave

    This is my 8 yr old son's favorite Nook book. Perfect for his age, and one we have recommended to others.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

    Cute, but long.

    My 4 year old made it to the end only once. He loves the read to me on the nc, but it didn' t hold his interest. Maybe better for older kids.

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

    Agree--Boring

    One+earlier+reviewer+indicated+the+book+was+boring.++I+agree+as+did+my+son+who+left+it+half+way+through.++The+voice+of+the+narrator+doesn%27t+help+in+this+regard+at+all.++Two+stars+because+there+were+some+potentially+interesting+moments--what+child+wouldn%27t+like+to+imagine+sneaking+into+the+Principal%27s+office%3F

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

    Great book

    Great book for my 3 year old, and Read to me makes it even better.

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

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    awesome

    5 and even 10 yearolds loved it bed time story. cool music too on reaad to me. :)

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    awesome

    awesome book. i really like it. it rocks. i toltally was a nook color and get this book. thisis a great book.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    awsome

    this book is great. highly recomended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2011

    A fun book

    My four year old and seven year old like this book. It is a bit long, but they enjoy the interactions Cesar has with the other class pets. It has good themes....especially that school is a fun place to be...and for the pets....to live.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2011

    cute book

    lets give peace a chance.... cute book.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    loved it

    My son, who is 7 loves this book. He just can not stop rereading it.

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  • Posted January 27, 2011

    Boring!

    I had bought this book because the storyline and the covers looked ok and I thought my 4 year old son would like this book. Unfortunately, the story was NOT captivating enough for neither my son nor me. My son actually said to me at the end of the book, "This book is BORING." which was the same sentiment that I had. Sorry to say that I do NOT recommend this book if you are looking for something that gives you a fun read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    Go on Vacation with Cesar!

    This book has seasonal appeal and would be especially great at home or in the classroom as kids get ready for spring break. But the clever wordplay and real emotion will make it a fun and engaging read during the rest of the year as well.

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    Posted February 7, 2013

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