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Never Spit on Your Shoes

Never Spit on Your Shoes

by Denys Cazet

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author/illustrator of Frosted Glass and A Fish in His Pocket again captures the humor and nuance of the early elementary years. Arnie arrives home exhausted. ``How was Mr. First Grader's first day?'' his mom inquires. And so this endearing book unfolds, with the conversation of Arnie and his mom (set off in a box) counterpointed with illustrations of how the day really progressed (with dialogue in cartoon-like balloons). The title reflects a class discussion during which the children--depicted as sweetly anthropomorphized animals--offer their own interpretations of school rules. Arnie's day is tough: mixing up the bathrooms, eating school lunch, tearfully watching the kindergarten bus leave, a tough P.E. class, falling asleep during story time. While the understated humor may have more direct appeal for parents and teachers, young readers will identify with the ``day in the life'' immediacy. Ages 3-6. (Mar.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-- Arnie arrives home exhausted but proud of making it through the first day of first grade. Greeted by his loving mother, the two sit down for a snack and a good chat. While Arnie relates the day's activities, Mother listens, suitably impressed with the stories of the animal-filled class presided over by a kindly hippo. New friend Raymond is particularly impressive; it is he who can write backwards, rescues Arnie during P. E., and invents a new class rule: ``Never spit on your shoes.'' Cazet has created another appealing hero with the appearance of young Arnie. Enthusiastic and excited about school, he is a typical first grader, always ready for a new experience. Cazet cleverly captures the classmates' personalities and antics through narration and illustration; cartoonlike captions highlight their humorous asides. The school settings are particularly warm and cheerful, if a bit chaotic. Funny without poking fun at young children, this oversized picture book will win new fans for Cazet, who hints of a sequel. Let's hope for the return of Arnie, Raymond, and their first-grade friends. --Jane Dyer Cook, Stockton-San Joaquin County Public Library, CA

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Scholastic, Inc.
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Product dimensions:
9.24(w) x 10.97(h) x 0.15(d)
280L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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