I Don't Want to Go to School!

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A book to ease those first-day jitters!

“No way!” is Simon’s mantra when his parents tell him that tomorrow is his first day of school. After he tries to convince himself that he is not scared, Simon calls for help from Mom and Dad, who assure him that he will learn a lot, meet new friends, and have a great day at school. And they may just be right! After a day of drawing, playing, eating, resting, and making music, Mom tells Simon that it’s time to go home. His answer? “No way!” Author-illustrator Stephanie ...

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Overview

A book to ease those first-day jitters!

“No way!” is Simon’s mantra when his parents tell him that tomorrow is his first day of school. After he tries to convince himself that he is not scared, Simon calls for help from Mom and Dad, who assure him that he will learn a lot, meet new friends, and have a great day at school. And they may just be right! After a day of drawing, playing, eating, resting, and making music, Mom tells Simon that it’s time to go home. His answer? “No way!” Author-illustrator Stephanie Blake has created a lovable character in Simon the Super Rabbit, whose cautious approach to something new will feel familiar for parents and children alike.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Norah Piehl
Simon—the young rabbit star of several other picture books in the original French—puts his foot down when his mother informs him that the first day of school draws near. "No way!" becomes Simon's refrain, even when his father tells him all he will learn. His mother soothes his late night fears, calling him her "super rabbit." Not surprisingly, Simon's morning tears turn to smiles during the course of his first busy school day, but he saves up one more, "No way!," for when his mother comes to pick him up at the end of school. Whimsical, humorous drawings of Simon and the other rabbits are often laid out in comic-strip-style panels on brightly primary-colored backgrounds. Some of the illustrated activities may seem unusual to American preschoolers—Simon eats chocolate mousse in the cafeteria and practices writing his name in cursive—but Simon's initial fears and renewed self-confidence will speak to readers of all cultural backgrounds about to start, reluctantly or not, their own school adventures. Reviewer: Norah Piehl
School Library Journal
PreS-K—This story features a big-eared bunny who wears a superhero-type mask and cape. When his mother and father try to tell him how much fun he will have at school, Simon shouts, "No way!" This response is repeated throughout the story. Of course, when he finally does get to school and participates in all the fun activities, he changes his mind. And when his mother returns to take him home, he answers, "No way!" The bright primary colors set a cheerful mood, which contrasts with the younster's fear. Although his parents have a reassuring tone, Simon's standard answer becomes grating after a while, and the ending is predictable. Katie Davis's Kindergarten Rocks! (Harcourt, 2005) has a similar theme and is more fun.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kirkus Reviews
Little Simon doesn't want to go to school. "No way!" is his omnibus answer to his parents' reassurances that he'll have a wonderful time. There are no surprises to this plot, which has seen dozens of variations over the years, but Blake's cartoon bunny, drawn in childlike fashion and placed against bright, simple backgrounds, will appeal. A couple of sequential spreads-of Simon clicking his bedside lamp on and off ("I'm scared. / I'm not scared") and of his predictably wonderful first day-are both good, if not earthshaking, examples of graphic storytelling. This slight French import stands as a simpler complement to such sophisticated fare as Kevin Henkes's Wemberly Worried (2000). (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375856884
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/14/2009
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 522,666
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Blake’s passion for writing and illustrating began in childhood when she created books for her brothers and sisters as birthday presents. As a child, she also fell in love with the books of Dr. Seuss, Ludwig Bemelmans, and William Steig. After moving to France, she discovered other writers and artists whose work continued to inspire her stories and drawings. The author and illustrator of dozens of books in France, Stephanie Blake makes her American picture-book debut with I Don’t Want to Go to School! She lives in Paris.

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