Late for School

Late for School

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by Steve Martin, C. F. Payne
     
 

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Getting to school has never been quite this difficult—or hilarious. Celebrated writer and performer Steve Martin and dynamic artist C. F. Payne (illustrator of John Lithgow's children's books) have teamed up to tell a story of the adventure, danger, and laughs of the journey to school. Enclosed with the book is a CD of Martin on banjo and vocals, singing the

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Getting to school has never been quite this difficult—or hilarious. Celebrated writer and performer Steve Martin and dynamic artist C. F. Payne (illustrator of John Lithgow's children's books) have teamed up to tell a story of the adventure, danger, and laughs of the journey to school. Enclosed with the book is a CD of Martin on banjo and vocals, singing the book's story with a bluegrass twist.

Undoubtedly a new classic for readers of all ages, Late to School is the perfect gift to be read—and listened to—again and again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Comedian Martin's (The Alphabet from A to Y with Bonus Letter Z!) album of banjo songs won a Grammy last year; "Late for School," one of the songs, is included here on a CD. In printed form, without Martin's inimitable delivery, the lyrics read a little raggedly ("Woke up this morning/ Clock said I was late for school/ Teacher told me that's not cool/ Gotta put my shirt and pants on"), but in Payne's (Turkey Bowl) hands, Martin's goofy verse achieves its comic impact on a cinematic scale. The boy's eyebrows shoot up and his lips purse with wild exaggeration as he jams his legs into his shorts; sporting a baseball jersey and a brush cut, he races downstairs, dashes across a neighbor's swimming pool, his feet and legs a blur as he logrolls a pool toy, then grabs a kite and lands on the football field with minutes to spare. (It's Saturday, of course.) Kids will relish Martin's subversive madness--especially the image of the boy elbowing his grandmother facedown into her pie as he rockets out of the house. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews

"Woke up this morning / Clock said I was late for school / Teacher told me that's not cool / Gotta put my shirt and pants on / Flew down the front stair / Wet my fingers and slicked my hair / Elbowed grandma passing by / Her face went into a pie." This little guy with great big ears doesn't want to disappoint Mom and Dad or end up in the grammar slammer, so he puts on some wild speed. He log rolls across a neighbor's pool and uses the diving board to grab a kite tail. He floats to the football field and makes a mad dash through the school building...you know where this is heading: It's Saturday! Rats! Thank goodness he gets home in time to go fishing with Dad. Martin turns one of the songs from his 2009 Grammy-winning bluegrass recording into what functions best as a read-along (or sing-along) with the enclosed CD; only he can make his wild word rhythms shine. Payne's painted illustrations are a good-enough match, but they are hardly as frenetic as the song. Definitely worth a place in your picture-book collection nevertheless. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446557023
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
09/08/2010
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,272,337
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Steve Martin is a legendary writer, actor, and performer. His film credits include Father of the Bride, Parenthood, The Spanish Prisoner, and Bringing Down the House, as well as Roxanne, L.A. Story, and Bowfinger, for which he also wrote the screenplays. He's won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for comedy albums. In addition to a play, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, he has written a bestselling collection of comic pieces, Pure Drivel, and a bestselling novella, Shopgirl, which was made into a movie. His work appears frequently in The New Yorker and The New York Times.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Beverly Hills, California
Date of Birth:
August 14, 1945
Place of Birth:
Waco, Texas
Education:
Long Beach State College; University of California, Los Angeles
Website:
http://www.stevemartin.com

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Late for School 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
How many times have you ever been late for school? Dreaded what the teacher was going to do to you or what they were going to stay to your parents? In this humorous and wonderfully illustrated hardcover book, Late For School by Steve Martin is bound to entertain your children. It's accompanied by a wonderful CD featuring Steve Martin playing his banjo along with the whimsical and rhyming lyrics of just how one little boy tries to make it to school on time. He tries flying, jumping over pink garden flamingos, and avoiding the barking dogs all in an attempt to make it to school before the bell rings at 8am. The author, Steve Martin, as you remember from Saturday Night Live and Cheaper By The Dozen is the talent behind this newest book. I love the illustrations which alone tell the story of just how many obstacles one boy is faced with in trying to rush to school. I was provided with a copy of the book compliments of Hachette Book Group for my honest review and love it! It easily rates a perfect 5 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this one for my grandson. The writing is clever and catchy. The illustrations are perfect for a kids book. Excellent. The kind of books I love to buy for children. Enjoy reading it to my grandson. Fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PERSONALLY HAVE NOT HEARD OR READ IT YET . BUT MY 6YR OLD GRANDSON CANT STOP TALKING ABOUT IT. EVEN ADDED IT ON HIS DEAR SANTA LIST. THANK YOU FOR A BOOK THAT MAKES MY GRANDSON SO EXCITED TO HEAR OVER AND OVER AGAIN...
Businessbookjunkie More than 1 year ago
Beautifully illustrated and silly book by Steve Martin of a little boy and his quirks. Great for reading to the grandkids.
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