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On My Way to School
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On My Way to School

by Sarah Maizes, Michael Paraskevas (Illustrator)
 

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Getting ready for school is the perfect time to procrastinate! Whether she's an elephant at a waterhole, leader of an expedition to Mount Everest, or a star posing for paparazzi, Livi's imagination takes her on exciting adventures on her way to school. With stalling techniques as creative as this, it's a wonder she ever makes it to school at all! Sarah Maizes and

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Getting ready for school is the perfect time to procrastinate! Whether she's an elephant at a waterhole, leader of an expedition to Mount Everest, or a star posing for paparazzi, Livi's imagination takes her on exciting adventures on her way to school. With stalling techniques as creative as this, it's a wonder she ever makes it to school at all! Sarah Maizes and Michael Paraskevas create another funny, fresh book for every parent who wants to foster creativity in their family's everyday routines.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
05/26/2014
Sometimes just making it to school is an accomplishment, as evidenced in this companion to On My Way to the Bath and On My Way to Bed. Maizes’s heroine, Livi, gradually morphs from slugabed to confident school-goer in a series of imagined transformations: emerging from bed as a bleary-eyed snail, “I move sooooooooo... sloooooowwwwwwww”; digging for underwear, she is “a pirate digging for treasure.” Under the weight of her backpack, Livi imagines that she is climbing Mount Everest, and when she arrives at school, it’s as a movie star and a queen. Livi’s vibrant imagination and abundant energy leap off the pages. Ages 3–6. Author’s agent: Helen Breitwieser, Cornerstone Literary. (July)
From the Publisher

“Would that every kid had an imagination like Livi's so that getting ready for school was always this much fun.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Livi's vibrant imagination and abundant energy leap off the pages.” —Publishers Weekly

“Full of vivid color, expressiveness, and humor. Readers who found Livi's earlier adventures hilarious, will most likely enjoy her latest stalling tactics.” —School Library Journal

“Sure to be a crowd-pleaser in story times, classrooms, and laps everywhere.” —School Library Journal for On My Way to the Bath

“The precocious, emphatic narration and escalating back-and-forth between Livi and her mother will enliven any read-aloud. There are plenty of books on the shelf covering kids' reluctance to get into the bathtub, but Maizes, making an assured debut, and Paraskevas suggest there's room for one more.” —Publishers Weekly for On My Way to the Bath

“Readers will be thrilled with the ending.” —Kirkus Reviews for On My Way to the Bath

“The queen of stalling tactics in On My Way to the Bath returns to delay another daily ritual with imagination and pizzazz. Children will enjoy the humor in the pictures as much as the text. Adults will smile at this fun exaggeration of the familiar nighttime battle. Great for one-on-one or group sharing, this book is a solid purchase.” —School Library Journal for On My Way to Bed

Children's Literature - Vicki Foote
Livi is a little girl with a big imagination. As her mother tells her that it is time to get ready for school, Livi decides that she does not want to go since she “already knows lots of stuff.” The mother is not seen, but her words are in a cartoon bubble as Livi describes her adventures. She pretends to be a snail, then a pirate, and next a chef. On her way to school, she is a Sherpa, leading explorers to the top of Mount Everest and a kangaroo on the sidewalk. The bus is a covered wagon,; while on it, she is in a jungle with wild lemurs and hungry tigers. At school, she is a movie star on a red carpet, but soon she begins to enjoy school and so pretends to be a teacher. The large illustrations in bright splashy colors are creative and delightful. Previous books by the same author and illustrator are “On My Way to the Bath” and “On My Way to Bed.” Children will relate to Livi’s reluctance to go to school and her imaginative fantasies. This is a great book for adults to read aloud to youngsters; it also could be read by beginning readers. Reviewer: Vicki Foote; Ages 4 to 7.
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-05-19
Livi, that master of imagination who finds ingenious ways to make transition times fun, must tackle getting ready for school in the morning.As in other books about Livi's dawdling (On My Way to Bed, 2013, etc.), her mother's voice is a speech bubble originating off the page, this time prompting her step by step to get ready for school. Livi is a slow snail oozing out of bed. She is a pirate digging for pirate booty (or just something to cover her own booty). She is a chef at breakfast, an elephant warning her sister away from the watering hole where she brushes her teeth, a Sherpa climbing Everest with a gigantic backpack, a kangaroo playing hopscotch. When the bus arrives, it's a covered wagon, until the page turn, when it's back to a bus, and Livi is back to Livi…until she sees her best friend, and her imagination once again takes flight. Livi does finally make it to school, where, while she continues to fantasize, she is a proper pupil. Paraskevas' digital artwork truly captures an inventive young girl whose spirit cannot be contained or squashed, and Livi's tongue-in-cheek comments are sure to provoke a chuckle or two from parents and children alike.Would that every kid had an imagination like Livi's so that getting ready for school was always this much fun. (Picture book. 4-7)
School Library Journal
07/01/2014
PreS-Gr 1— This third offering featuring Livi the imaginative dawdler picks up where On My Way to the Bath (Walker, 2012 ) left off. This time the child's mother is struggling to get her out of bed, dressed, fed, and packed up before the school bus comes, but Livi has other ideas. Searching for clean underwear becomes a pirate's hunt for treasure, with her toy Froggolini as first mate. Carrying her backpack turns Livi into a sherpa leading explorers to the top of Mount Everest. Even walking from the bus to her classroom finds her sashaying like a movie star while her adoring fans ask for her autograph. Unfortunately, this time Livi's dawdling feels more forced and less endearing than in her previous books. Her reluctance to go to school veers toward sounding bratty: "School is for people who need to learn stuff. I have gone to school a hundred times, and I already know lots of stuff. I will stay in bed." On a brighter note, the adult voices still amuse, particularly when bus driver shouts, "Sit down back there!" after Livi jumps up from her seat pretending to be a lemur. As with the other titles, the digital illustrations are spot-on, full of vivid color, expressiveness, and humor. Readers who found Livi's earlier adventures hilarious will most likely enjoy her latest stalling tactics, even if the formula has begun to grow a bit tired.—Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802737007
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
07/01/2014
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 10.70(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

SARAH MAIZES is a parenting humorist, freelance writer and the author of On My Way to the Bath—a Children's Book Council "Best Picture Book of 2012," and On My Way to Bed—a New York Times "Bookshelf" pick. She is a regular contributor to TODAY.com and HuffingtonPost.com and has appeared on the TODAY Show, CNN, and more. www.SarahMaizes.com

MICHAEL PARASKEVAS is best known for creating Maggie and the Ferocious Beast for Nickelodeon. In addition to On My Way to the Bath and On My Way to Bed, his illustrated books with Sarah Maizes, he has co-authored numerous children books with his mother, Betty. He divides his time between Southampton, New York, and Los Angeles. California. www.michaelparaskevas.com

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