Almost Late to School: And More School Poems (Picture Puffin Books (Paperback))

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9780142403280: Almost Late to School: And More School Poems (Picture Puffin Books (Paperback))

From the creators of the bestselling Lunch Money, here is a long-awaited follow-up collection of lively, lighthearted school poetry.  Exploring a broad range of school-based events—from oral reports to science projects to bake sales—these poems shed hilarious new light on the universal experience of grade school.  Filled with wit, humor, and laugh-out-loud verse, the twenty-two poems in this collection are sure to please students (and teachers!) of all ages.

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Paul Meisel has illustrated many books for children, including Why Are the Ice Caps Melting?, Energy Makes Things Happen, and What Happens to Our Trash? in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. He lives in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Gr. 1-3. The creators of Lunch Money (1995) offer more hilarious poems and drawings about elementary-school life. With clever, boisterous rhymes and experimental forms, Shields presents common experiences that will speak to a range of ages: one poem deals with first-day-of-school jitters; another focuses on a boy preparing his science fair project ("hypothesis: The world would be a better place / If my brother vanished without a trace"). Many of the best selections explore, in sunny, spot-on language, the emotions a school day can bring: jealousy of other classmates; the joy of finding a friend; the desire to be alone ("In the middle of this riot / I'd like to find a place that's quiet. / A little space that's shaped like me. / A little place that I can be"). Meisel's bright, paint-and-pencil art extends the humor with expressive characters and swirling chaos. Laugh-out-loud fun with plenty of substance to lighten up poetry units, with some good selections for reading aloud to younger children. Gillian Engberg
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