OLLIE'S SCHOOL DAY  by Stephanie Calmenson
Kirkus Star

OLLIE'S SCHOOL DAY

A Yes-and-No Book
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 6

KIRKUS REVIEW

An interactive look at a young boy’s school day teaches those new to school about routines and manners.

Calmenson, a former kindergarten teacher, savvily encourages the youngest listeners to chime in and be part of the reading process, inviting them in from the very first page: “Would you like to read an Ollie story?” From there, the text takes on a question-and-answer format, with three outlandish questions followed by one realistic one. For school today, will Ollie put on "A bathing suit?...A space suit?...A police officer’s uniform?” Each of these questions is punctuated by a “NO” in large and colorful type. A page turn asks, “Will Ollie put on pants and a shirt, socks and shoes? YES!” Readers are sure to catch the pattern and relish shouting out the answers…after they finish giggling at the silly scenarios, which Carter plays up in her watercolor vignettes and one-page spreads. Ollie is an adorable, rosy-cheeked, blue-eyed blond who ping-pongs between the mischievous imp who practices playing the kazoo during storytime and the perfectly mannered little boy who teaches readers how to behave when meeting friends, answering a teacher’s questions, and getting ready to go home. And when he does get home, he finds not a whale, a juggler or a robot waiting, but someone who loves him. 

Will this be a popular and raucous first-day-of-school favorite? YES! (Picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: Aug. 15th, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2377-4
Page count: 24pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2012




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