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by Roz Chast & illustrated by Roz Chast

Age Range: 4 - 8

Pub Date: July 24th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4169-8475-7
Publisher: Atheneum

In his second outing, the parrot with big dreams does his daydreaming at school.

“Skool” is a completely foreign word to Marco, who at first wonders if it might be something to eat. On his first day, the little red parrot finds his teacher’s flowered pants quite fascinating, but even better is the astronaut toy atop the bookshelf, which suddenly turns Mrs. Peachtree’s speech into “blah, blah, blah,” and sparks a “First Bird Reaches Moon” fantasy. Playtime and a block tower to reach the moon cannot come soon enough for the jittery, imaginative bird. Block basketball (aka cleaning up) distracts him from the tower’s failure, and a turn on the swing with a new friend just may spark a new idea on how to achieve his dream. Chast’s world is a little like Stuart Little's. The parrot acts like a human child, but everyone around him is an actual Homo sapiens. Chast’s watercolors emphasize this dichotomy, the tiny parrot dwarfed by his enormous (by comparison) classmates. Cute is not a word that would apply to her spreads, which are filled with toothy kids with limited facial expressions. 

This lacks much of the humor of Marco’s first outing (Too Busy Marco, 2010), does little (or nothing) to allay children’s fears about school, and touts a character who daydreams during lessons instead of listening to his teacher: Skip. (Picture book. 4-8)