Wilson and Miss Lovely

Wilson and Miss Lovely

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by John Stadler
     
 

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A charming school story with a twist—new from John Stadler!

Wilson had just finished his first week of school and could not wait for the next one to begin. He was very fond of his new teacher, Miss Lovely. But something was wrong that day—very wrong. There were no school buses, the school itself was empty, and something strange was approaching.

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A charming school story with a twist—new from John Stadler!

Wilson had just finished his first week of school and could not wait for the next one to begin. He was very fond of his new teacher, Miss Lovely. But something was wrong that day—very wrong. There were no school buses, the school itself was empty, and something strange was approaching. Undeterred and ever-hopeful that he would see Miss Lovely soon, Wilson went through his normal school day alone—he did his math lesson alone, his science lesson alone, sent himself to the principal’s office when he was naughty, and more, but still . . . something was approaching.

Stadler skillfully uses gatefold flaps to keep the suspense mounting until we find out just who—or what—was approaching.

Readers will love following Wilson and his day at school right out of a Twilight Zone episode in this funny, sweet, and sometimes scary story.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Borges
Young readers who can stand the suspense will enjoy this delightfully charming story with its dramatic and wonderful surprise ending! Wilson is an endearing young rabbit who is so excited about school that he bounces out of bed each morning because he can't wait for the school day to begin. On each page, the text describes Wilson getting ready for and walking to school; as readers open flaps, a parallel story is revealed through whimsical illustrations that show a mysterious green-clawed foot, a green paw, a jagged lizard-like tail and finally a ....?? Readers will be concerned about Wilson because his friends are not at the bus stop and the halls of his school are empty. Then, just when Wilson decides that he does not like being alone at school, he hears a shriek and the whole school trembles! Young readers will enjoy this engaging story from beginning to end and delight in the surprising conclusion. Read independently or cuddled up with an adult reading buddy, this wonderful story will be enjoyed again and again by beginning readers. It will spark lots of conversation and predictions about what is coming next and what Wilson will find at the end. Reviewer: Susan Borges
Publishers Weekly
Wilson, an ingenuous young rabbit, can hardly contain his enthusiasm for his new teacher, Miss Lovely. One rainy morning, as Wilson gets ready for school, a fold-out flap reveals a green foot with sharp claws (“Wilson, however, was not the only one up and about!”). As Wilson waits for the no-show school bus and later arrives at an ominously empty school, additional flaps ratchet up the suspense: “Yet, not so very far away, something else could be seen quite clearly. Closer, closer, and closer it came!” Not for those nervous about their first days of class, but the surprise conclusion delivers a big payoff. Ages 4–8. (June)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—A mix of humor and suspense drives this rather improbable story. A bunny named Wilson has attended school for a week, and he loves his teacher so much that he lies in bed at night waiting to go to school. When morning arrives, he jumps out of bed and rushes to get ready while his family is still asleep. A flap opens to reveal a big green foot with claws, and below it the text reads, "Wilson, however, was not the only one up and about!" Finished with breakfast, the rabbit leaves the house and waits alone (he imagines) for the school bus, and when it does not come, he runs to school. After sitting quietly at his desk in an empty classroom, Wilson gets up and conducts the arithmetic, reading, and science lessons. Meanwhile, behind additional flaps, the mysterious green being is gradually emerging. The cartoon illustrations depict an expressive Wilson (who soon discovers that it is Saturday), and a reassuring picture concludes the story with the monster, revealed to be Miss Lovely, carrying a happy Wilson home on her tail. Children will enjoy the silliness.—Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA
Kirkus Reviews
After just one week, Wilson the rabbit loves his teacher, Miss Lovely, so much that he just can't wait for the next one. Accordingly, he leaps out of bed, gets ready (his parents have overslept), runs to the bus stop and then, when the bus doesn't come, to school-where he finds himself all alone. Undaunted, he follows the school routine by himself. Throughout his day, flaps lift to show a scary reptilian something drawing ever closer. Preschoolers apprehensive about moving up will enjoy both the silliness of Wilson's behavior and the release of tension at the big reveal-and Wilson's radiant face when he sees Miss Lovely, at school on Saturday to pick up some forgotten papers. Sweetly surreal. (Picture book/novelty. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375844782
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
06/23/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

John Stadler is the author of almost thirty children’s books, among them the recent The Ballad of Wilbur and the Moose, Big and Little, and the bestselling The Adventures of Snail at School. He lives with his wife, Nomi, in New Hampshire.

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Wilson and Miss Lovely 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Manirul More than 1 year ago
Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!