Lionel at School


The new school year brings lessons for Lionel to explore with his class. But Lionel has to find out some things by himself. For example, what will his teacher tell his parents on Back-to-School Night? Can the new boy really wrestle polar bears? And how can Lionel make classtime go by as quickly as recess? Readers will be quick to identify with Lionel and his friends-and to wonder what Lionel will discover next.

Lionel's many school-related adventures include a ...

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The new school year brings lessons for Lionel to explore with his class. But Lionel has to find out some things by himself. For example, what will his teacher tell his parents on Back-to-School Night? Can the new boy really wrestle polar bears? And how can Lionel make classtime go by as quickly as recess? Readers will be quick to identify with Lionel and his friends-and to wonder what Lionel will discover next.

Lionel's many school-related adventures include a nervous Back-to-School night with his parents, the welcoming of a new classmate, a sister who doesn't seem to recognize him, and an experiment with time.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
What kid hasn't worried a little about back to school night--parents and teachers meeting and talking about you. Lionel is concerned because his sister Louise has told him that parents and teachers exchange secrets and end up knowing all about a kid. Lionel doesn't want that to happen. He cleverly handles the situation. That is just the first of four short stories in this easy-to-read book. Lionel helps a new kid adjust to school, saves his sister Louise from aliens and tries to understand why time moves slowly in class and so quickly during recess. The situations are real, there is humor and the illustrations are terrific. Kids just starting to read on their own will enjoy meeting and reading about Lionel. 2000, Dial, Ages 5 to 8, $13.99. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot—Children's Literature
Children's Literature
In four gently humorous stories, Lionel deals imaginatively with situations that young elementary school children can relate to. First he manages to keep his home life and school life separate—or as he puts it, to keep his secrets secret—by cleverly keeping his parents and teacher from talking on Back-to-School Night. Next he reaches out to a new student who confides what it's like to move, even if it's only across town. The way Lionel, with the help of his pals, deals with an older sister who ignores him when they're at school should bring satisfaction to any younger siblings, and though most kids probably wouldn't experiment with making time pass as quickly in the classroom as it does on the playground, they'll no doubt enjoy Lionel's attempts to do so. Natti's multicultural illustrations are perfect for this "Level 3 Puffin Early Reader." 2002, Puffin/Penguin Putnam,
— Carolyn Reeder
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-In this eighth book in the series, Lionel first worries that his teacher and his parents will share secrets about him at Back-to-School Night and makes sure they never get a chance to talk. In the second chapter, the boy becomes a helpful friend to a new classmate, but cautions, "-if you want to try any mystery meat at lunch-You're on your own." In another episode, his older sister begins to ignore him at school, and Lionel decides that aliens must have taken over her brain. He and his friend Jeffrey use water guns to block the alien signals and jar her memory. In the final chapter, Lionel realizes that time passes much faster during recess than in the classroom and decides to do something about it. This solid addition to the series presents common childhood concerns with humor. Natti's colorful cartoons, rendered in pencil, colored pencils, and watercolor washes, depict a realistic school setting. An appealing title for independent readers or as a class read-aloud.- Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Kirkus Reviews
Krensky's appealing primary-grader (Lionel in the Summer, 1998, etc.) takes on school challenges sure to interest beginning readers, and once again Natti's cheerful, two-to-a-spread, pencil, colored-pencil, and watercolor wash illustrations accompany them. In "Keeping Secrets," Lionel fears losing his privacy at Back-to-School night after his sister, Louise, tells him that parents and teachers trade secrets and end up knowing "everything about you." How to avoid this dire fate? Lionel decides to keep the adults busily separate, and his plan works without any loss of likability. "Moving" gives Lionel insight into the unsettling nature of change; even a move across town can make it hard for a new kid like Ben to feel at home. Lionel remembers his mother saying that the newcomer will probably like new friends and offers to be Ben's "trusty guide," which includes knowing what to steer away from at lunchtime. "The Stranger" centers on the peculiar behavior of sisters who ignore you in public, as well as an imaginative-and gently punitive-means of dealing with the aliens who must have taken over Louise's brain. The final story, "Passing the Time," leaves Lionel thinking that maybe "time knew what it was doing" when he attempts to manipulate it. Readers will recognize themselves and their friends in these authentically childlike characters and episodes; better yet, they'll enjoy them. (Fiction. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142301371
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: Easy-to-Read, Puffin Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,040,145
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 380L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.14 (d)

Meet the Author

"I did not have the kind of childhood most people would choose to write about. It was happy and uneventful, with only the occasional bump in the night to keep me on my toes. In my spare time, however, I often imagined myself in various stories — as Mighty Mouse, Robin Hood, Popeye or Superman.

"I always liked to make up stories, especially lying in bed at night before I fell asleep.

"It was not until I was twenty that I actually took up ceative writing. One of my favorite parts of the process was imagining myself in various characters' shoes, even if those characters - dragons for example - didn't wear shoes at all. A year later, in 1975, I graduated from Hamilton College andbegan a six-month internship at the New York Times Book Review.

"Since then I have been a full-time writer for children. I married my wife, Joan, in 1984,and we settled in my hometown of Lexington, Massachusetts, where we live with our two sons, Andrew and Peter.

"When I feel like I've spent enough time hunched over my computer, I like to play soccer and softball, and read books written by other people."

copyright © 2000 by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. All rights reserved.

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