|Kindergarten Rocks! Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Davis, Katie
ISBN: 0152064680 ISBN-13: 9780152064686
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: June 2008
Annotation: Dexter already knows "everything" there is to know about kindergarten. His big sister, Jessie, told him all about it. So Dexter is not scared. Not even a little bit. But his stuffed dog, Rufus," is" scared. Actually, he's terrified. But Dexter--er, Rufus--has nothing to fear: As he'll soon find out, kindergarten "rocks!"
|Library of Congress Subjects: |
- First day of school; Fiction.
- Kindergarten; Fiction.
- Schools; Fiction.
|BISAC Categories: |
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | New Experience
- Juvenile Fiction | School & Education
|Lexile Measure: 420|
|Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6|
|Book type: Easy Fiction|
|Physical Information: 9.75" H x 9.75" W x 0.25" (0.35 lbs) 32 pages|
|Accelerated Reader Info|
|Quiz #: 84845
Reading Level: 2.6 Interest Level: Lower Grades Point Value: 0.5
|Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Dexter already knows "everything" there is to know about kindergarten. His big sister, Jessie, told him all about it. So Dexter is not scared. Not even a little bit. But his stuffed dog, Rufus," is" scared. Actually, he's terrified. But Dexter--er, Rufus--has nothing to fear: As he'll soon find out, kindergarten "rocks "
Contributor Bio(s): iv>KATIE DAVIS has written and illustrated many books, including Who Hops? and Mabel the Tooth Fairy and How She Got Her Job. She lives near New York City.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Spring)
Dexter says he isn't scared about starting kindergarten--it's his stuffed dog Rufus who's the nervous one. Dexter's older sister understands and reassures Dexter that he's going to have a great time. Humorous art resembling kids' crayon drawings matches the topic and tone in this comforting book that answers everything pre-kindergartners want to know but might be afraid to ask. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2005 July #2)
Dexter Dugan is about to start kindergarten, and his stuffed dog, Rufus, "is an eensy teensy beensy bit scared" about it. Thankfully, Dex's third-grader sister, Jessie, sees that her brother is really the scared one and sets about cheerfully reassuring her sibling: "Don't worry, kindergarten rocks," says a cartoon bubble extending from Jessie. Dex's first-person narration maintains his false bravado. "I got Jessie to help me make a list of things Rufus was scared about. I'm not worried, though," reads the text, as Jessie busily writes at a desk, a flurry of papers swirling around her ("What if my teacher is mean?" reads one page, "What if I have to go #2?" reads another). The interplay of Dex's narrative, which addresses readers directly, and his cartoon-bubble exchanges with his sister respectfully and humorously covers a new student's cornucopia of concerns. Davis's (Who Hoots?) colorfully crayoned illustrations maintain an upbeat tone, even when Dex loses Rufus in class. The buoyant vignettes of Dex enjoying himself at school will reassure even the most fearful of the pre-kindergarten set. Ages 4-6. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2005 September)
PreS-K -According to Dexter, he is totally calm about starting kindergarten, but his stuffed dog, Rufus, is fearful about the bus finding the way to school, getting lunch, being tagged as the only one who can't read, and getting a mean teacher. (Dexter, of course, isn't worried about anything.) His big sister, Jessie, has prepared him well and offers him some smart advice: "If Rufus gets scared, just give him a hug." Upon arriving, Dexter finds that his best friend from preschool is in his class. Among other activities, he gets to write letters, cook food, and play in the school's imagination station. The library has books to borrow, and the cafeteria is "exactly almost like a restaurant." In fact, Dexter is having such a great time that he forgets about his stuffed friend until he realizes that "Rufus is LOST!" A succession of cartoon illustrations and speech bubbles follows the large-eyed child through his first day of school. A gentle, humorous read to calm the anxiety of younger students. Pair this appealing title with Alison McGhee's Countdown to Kindergarten (Harcourt, 2002).-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX[Page 168]. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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