Dewey Dew’s first day of school might look an awful lot like most kids’, though it’s a pretty safe bet they aren’t extraterrestrials.
Dewey Dew is blue, has one eye and an antennalike appendage on his head, and is from Planet Eight Hundred Seventy-Two Point Nine. But for his first day of school, he is heading, reluctantly, for Earth and Mrs. Brightsun’s School for Little Learners. But nothing there looks, feels, or sounds quite right to Dewey Dew: his new “Earth shoes pinched his oofs,” and he dorfles just a little, though “he was pretty sure he was much too old for it.” Just when things look their bleakest, though, J.J. Burgdorf Havermeier the Third smiles at him and invites him to stand in line. And with that, Dewey Dew’s day changes for the better (something more outgoing children may take to heart). Mack’s pencil, watercolor, and digital illustrations are a delight. Though they’ve likely never met an ET, readers won’t have any trouble decoding what the unfamiliar words mean or how Dewey Dew feels about his single eye, 3-fingered hands, and lack of hair amid the other students, who are nicely multiracial.
ET or not, the first day of school will be ootay. (Picture book. 4-8)