A brilliant plan to start summer early turns into chaos for one young pupil in this humorous debut children’s book.
It’s the last day of school, and Annabelle can’t wait for that bell to ring at 4 o’clock. As she stares at the clock on the wall in her classroom, time is nearly standing still—how is it only 1 o’clock? Then, she has an idea—what happens if she, when the teacher, Miss Fletcher, is tending to the class gerbil, Ed, moves the hands of the clock to hit 4, triggering the bell and the rest of summer? It seems foolproof, but one thing goes wrong for Annabelle as she enacts her plan—she falls off her chair, landing smack on her face and drawing attention to herself from her teacher and the rest of the class. In the laughter and chaos, Ed escapes, sending everyone, including the principal, running through the halls searching for their rodent friend. Once the shenanigans die down and the end of the day arrives (for real), Annabelle’s teacher asks her to stay behind after school. She explains that Annabelle may have wanted to rush the summer, but she won’t see her friends until next year! In her yearning for school to be over, Annabelle didn’t realize this, and she leaves school with a newfound appreciation for all things academic. Most kids (and probably most adults) can certainly relate to Annabelle’s feeling that the last day of school will never end. Pernice captures Annabelle’s precociousness without making it obnoxious—to her, her plan seems foolproof, and it almost is, if not for that meddling gerbil. Through Annabelle’s lesson, readers will learn patience and gratitude. The rhyming sequences make this a fun read, and the vivid animations (also by Pernice) are fantastical and still realistic (especially Annabelle’s poster-filled bedroom). If Annabelle is to have more adventures, readers will assuredly line up for these sunny stories.
A fun-filled tale of high jinks and good intentions.