Tuesday, September 3, 2013

LATE FOR SCHOOL written by Mike Reiss, illustratedy by Michael Austin ~ Peachtree Back to School Giveaway

Follow the rollicking, surreal adventures of a young boy as he races to get to school on time.
Smitty is never late for school. Not when his shoes get stuck in a sea of thick, black tar. Not when the sky rains snowmen down on the city streets. Not when he uses his coat for a sail to catch a gale and is swallowed up by a whale. Or when he encounters a robot from Mars eating up cars…or a very, very hungry T. Rex!
With rhyming language and a vivid imagination, author Mike Reiss demonstrates that, for some children, getting to school on time can be an adventure. Illustrator Michael Austin's humorous, exaggerated images colorfully bring to life the mischievous fun of the text.
The surprise ending will delight young readers as they cheer on Smitty and his heroic efforts to beat the school bell.

ISBN-13: 9781561452866
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date: 9/28/2003
Pages: 32
Age range: 4 - 8 Years
Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Where to buy: AmazonPeachtree 

About Author
Mike Reiss has garnered top awards as a television writer, including four Emmys and a Peabody for his work on The Simpsons. Reiss is also the author of several children's books. A former president of The Harvard Lampoon and editor of The National Lampoon, Reiss lives in California.

About Illustrator
Michael Austin, a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, is a creative director and the illustrator of several books. He lives in Georgia. 

 You can visit Michael Austin’s website here.

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My Thoughts

Smitty awakes his mind in a whirl the clock says 8am and if he does not hurry he will be late for school and he is never late for school. As he readies himself for school and rushes out  the door he meets many obstacles determined to make him late for school.  But he perseveres determined not to be late. How can he get there in time if he lost his shoes on the way or the streets began to flood. Then there is the escaped gorilla that hung him upside down until Smitty gave him a banana and the gorilla drop him for the snack. 

Will Smitty make it to school on time and how many excuses will he come up with to appease his teacher?

This was a fun rhyming tale that kids will want to read over and over again.  The author had some very good excuses for Smitty being late school and the illustrations were bold and in your face which will pull the child into the book until the last page is read.  They will want to tell all there friends about the funny Late to School picture book.

I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  This review is my honest opinion.

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