Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
No More Pencils, No More Books, No More Teacher's Dirty Looks! is Gilbert's sentiment about the last day of school in his latest adventure by Diane deGroat. Together Gilbert and his friends clean out their desks, and straighten up the classroom, and everyone gets an award. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Following the other books about "Gilbert and Friends," this brings the school year of the engaging anthropomorphic kids to an end. Their teacher, Mrs. Byrd, will be giving out awards, and Gilbert wonders whether he will get any. In the morning, the class cleans up and practices for the afternoon performance for their parents. Gilbert is nervous, but recites his poem without mistakes. When it is his friend Philip's turn, however, Philip can't seem to speak at all. Gilbert reads his poem for him until Philip can finish. Then it is award time. Gilbert does not get any of the usual ones, but he is pleased to get the "good friend" award. The day winds down with memories, gifts, smiles, and tears, and a happy end for all, including Mrs. Byrd. It is probably the characters which convert a rather ordinary experience, beginning on the title page, into something particularly appealing. The painted double-page scenes are so on target that we forget that the kids are a collection of different sorts of animals. Gilbert's striped shirt and eyeglasses, Philip's bow tie and suspenders, all contribute to the appeal, as our memories are stirred along with our emotions. 2006, HarperCollins Publishers, and Ages 4 to 8.
Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-It's the last day of first grade, and Gilbert, a winsome opossum, is filled with conflicting emotions. He's excited about summer vacation, but he's going to miss his teacher, Mrs. Byrd. What's more, he's not sure he will receive an award because he's not sure what he's best at. As time passes in a flurry of last-day activities (cleaning out desks, etc.), Gilbert works through his feelings and bids farewell to first grade. He does, of course, receive an award, and the school year ends on a positive note. The color cartoon illustrations are filled with detail and charm. This picture book effectively captures both the excitement and sadness that many children feel at the end of the school year, and it makes for a good discussion starter.-Rachael Vilmar, Atlanta Fulton Public Library, GA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Gilbert and his friends return to delight their fans in this look at their last day of school. The normal classroom routine is replaced by cleaning desks, reminiscing about the year and practicing the poems and songs they will recite for their parents that afternoon. Recess is spent speculating as to who will win which awards. Gilbert is especially worried about this, as he cannot think of anything that he is better at than his classmates. But all works out in the end, and a little ice cream after the final school bell cheers up all the students. And looking out the window, Gilbert is heartened to learn that even Miss Byrd loves summer vacation-she bicycles past the shop wearing Gilbert's gift. DeGroat perfectly portrays the essence of the last day of school, from the strange surroundings of a classroom stripped of all decorations, to the mixed emotions of students and teachers alike. Her classic illustrations capture body language and facial expression to a T. A wonderful celebration of the end of a school year, ideal for preparing kindergartners. (Picture book. 4-8)