Ganz-Schmitt and Prigmore continue the space theme and follow the cast and crew from Planet Kindergarten (2014) as they celebrate the 100th day of school and all that they have learned so far.
Kids who have experienced the 100th day in their own schools will certainly recognize many of things that go on in the narrator’s “capsule” on this special day, and those who haven’t will know what to look forward to, the highlight being each student’s presentation of 100 items collected from home. But a day this out-of-the-ordinary, no matter the school, is bound to have a few mishaps. Luckily, the narrator has learned some stuff on Planet Kindergarten that will help him navigate the problems: coaching a sick classmate to the nurse’s office, taking time to help a crewmate find her medal of honor, and avoiding a collision between a kicked ball and an incomplete rocket ship. But what about the huge mess created when the lid on the narrator’s box of 100 aliens gets stuck…and then suddenly flies off? Quick thinking saves the day, along with some good, old-fashioned cooperation: “Operation Cleanup is a go!” As in the first, Prigmore’s digital art is filled with retro details, bold colors, and the (mostly extraterrestrial) crewmates the brunet white boy calls friends.
The seamless additions of lessons on cooperation and kindness bring this to a new level, but it can’t top the original book for creativity. (Picture book. 4-7)