Saturday, August 3, 2019
Take Your Pet to School Day, written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman. Penguin Random House, 2019. $23.99 ages 5 and up
The pets pile in.
Ms. Libby, the librarian,
begins to read but can't
be heard above the din
of beast and bird.
They interrupt with
barks and quacks.
They hide in nooks,
they climb the stacks."
Maple View School has a rule about pets; they are not allowed to come to school. Well, maybe for one day. The note sent home says Friday will be that day. The kids are thrilled to be able to bring their pets for a one day visit. And, it's easy to see that the pets are feeling the same. Was anyone prepared for the hullabaloo the visits might cause to happen?
The animal visitors love to be a part of music class to the chagrin of the music teacher. He is convinced that allowing them their visit was a big mistake. So it goes throughout the day. The librarian, the art teacher, even the principal are dumbfounded by the behaviors exhibited.
It turns out that the pets themselves, disgruntled by an unfair policy, wanted their opinions known:
"We do not like your "No Pets" rule.
We miss our kids when they're at school.
We thought that it would be okay
to come to school - it's just one day."
The principal is further astounded when she reads the official-looking note that was sent home about bringing pets to school. It was not written by her. Who did write it? She reluctantly agrees to let them stay, as the pets make all sorts of promises concerning messes made and better behavior. All goes well. The pets disperse ... but not before making their feelings known in a follow-up note.
Fun to read, with action-filled artwork in bright colors. The scenes require close attention to be sure young readers miss none of the fun. And the laugh is on the powers-that-be when the second note is ready to be sent to unsuspecting families once again.
Great fun to add to your collections of books about school, pets, and humor!