Lauren Thompson and Buket Erdogan continue their Mouse's First series with Mouse's First Day of School. Mouse hides in a child's backpack and discovers all the fun to be had in a kindergarten classroom full of books, paints, blocks and more. The very simple text and exuberant illustrations may help to alleviate some brand-new students' jitters. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
After slipping into a child's backpack, mouse emerges in a kid-friendly classroom, and explores lots of oversized familiar objects: blocks, paints, crayons, plants, a toy car, and so forth. Many of the objects make amusing noises that children will delight in repeating: "Vrim, vrum, vroom a car!" Mouse's delight in each new discovery is made obvious by his cute smile and bright eyes. After exploring the classroom, he finally discovers "Wiggly, giggly best of all friends!" With bright, textured acrylic illustrations that fill each page, and large, sparse, alliterative and occasionally rhyming text, this book ought to appeal to any toddler or preschooler about to embark on a similar adventure. It is a welcome addition to mouse's other "firsts." 2003, Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, Ages 2 to 6.
— Leslie Rounds
School Library Journal
PreS-K-This is a new "first" for mouse as he hides in a backpack and gleefully emerges into the brave new world of preschool. As in Mouse's First Halloween (2000), Mouse's First Valentine (2002), and Mouse's First Christmas (1999, all S & S), Thompson and Erdogan have created a spirited landscape of simple text overlaying vividly colored, richly textured, mouse-sized scenes of kid-familiar objects. The creature frolics among an assortment of childhood icons, from blocks and a toy car to tubes of paint and a juice box and snacks. Expressive and playful text with phrases such as "Thump, boom, bump a drum"; "Blinky, cuddly, curly dolls"; and "Squiggle, scribble, dot crayons" adds a bouncy beat. The concluding chalked message, "Welcome to school, Mouse!" will have young listeners eagerly anticipating their own first day.-Mary Ann Carcich, Hampton Bays Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Mouse gets an education in this spirited offering from Thompson and Erdogan, the fourth in the series of firsts that started out with Mouse's First Christmas (1999). Here, the curious rodent hops a ride in a back pack and ends up in a classroom full of fun, learning materials. First he finds blocks, then a toy car ("Vrim, vrum, vroom") and tubes of paint. When he happens upon "squiggle, scribble, dot crayons," Mouse marches across the page carrying a yellow crayon as big as he is. The placement of text on the page mimics Mouse's movement. This is an enjoyable jaunt-Erdogan's rich, saturated palette is as inviting as ever and Thompson's distillation of the first-day-of-school experience will ease the nerves of antsy young ones. (Picture book. 2-6)
Lauren Thompson is the author of several picture books, including the popular Mouse’s First series, Little Quack series, and the Wee Little series. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed The Apple Pie That Papa Baked as well as Leap Back Home to Me; Chew, Chew, Gulp!; and Hop, Hop, Jump! She lives with her husband and son in Brooklyn, New York. Buket Erdogan has always been inspired by vibrant colors and children’s art. She has illustrated the New York Times bestselling Mouse’s First series and the Calico series. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.