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Butterflies in My Stomach and Other School Hazards

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ISBN13: 9781402741586
ISBN10: 1402741588
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Publisher Comments:

You can bet your bottom dollar this funny story is the cream of the cropand the best thing since sliced bread! Award-winning artist Serge Bloch will have kids laughing their heads off at this childs-eye look at idiomatic expressions like “ants in your pants,” “homework is for the birds,” and “cat got your tongue?” These commonly used sayings make sense in the adult world, but just imagine what a child pictures when she hears its “raining cats and dogs!” With witty and wonderful images that mix whimsical line drawings with photographs of inanimate objects, Bloch gives us a unique and sympathetic perspective on a boys first day of school where colorful butterflies flutter in our heros stomach and a cloud rains on him when hes “under the weather.” Even the “big cheese” Principal has a body cut out of a block of Swiss. 

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"A nonstop barrage of idioms baffles a boy on the first day of school in this small-format book, best for its insouciant illustrations. On each page, the child hears a figure of speech ('My mother said I got up on the wrong side of the bed) and, as the illustrations show, he takes the words literally. Told he'd 'be in a real pickle if we missed the bus,' for example, the boy envisions himself riding with other latecomers in a vehicle made of a pickle slice; this image, like the others, combines a photo with larkish pen-and-ink drawing, and Bloch (I Can't Wait) packs an outsize amount of comedy into each stroke of his pen. Adding minimal facial features, he imbues half a dozen bananas with the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat (the 'top banana' preens above the wannabes). Although the boy's feelings are on target — he fears school, misses his dog, dreads lunch but trades grins with the boy at the next desk — the one-note lines can grow thin; the book may be better browsed than read through. Ages 4 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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An award-winning artist offers a child's-eye look at such idiomatic expressions as ants in your pants and cat got your tongue, providing a unique and sympathetic perspective on a boy's first day of school. Full color.

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Lisa Higgins, December 12, 2008 (view all comments by Lisa Higgins)
This book looks very funny and I plan to order it for my third graders who need to lighten up and laugh lots more! They truly are so literal at this age that it's fun to shake them up a bit.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781402741586
Publisher:
Sterling
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Illustrator:
Bloch, Serge
Author:
Bloch, Serge
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
General
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
Children s humor
Subject:
BIOGRAPHY - HISTORY BIOG TRD PB
Edition Description:
Hardback - picture book
Publication Date:
20080805
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from P
Language:
English
Illustrations:
all in color
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
6.25 x 8.25 in
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-UP

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Product details 32 pages Sterling - English 9781402741586 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A nonstop barrage of idioms baffles a boy on the first day of school in this small-format book, best for its insouciant illustrations. On each page, the child hears a figure of speech ('My mother said I got up on the wrong side of the bed) and, as the illustrations show, he takes the words literally. Told he'd 'be in a real pickle if we missed the bus,' for example, the boy envisions himself riding with other latecomers in a vehicle made of a pickle slice; this image, like the others, combines a photo with larkish pen-and-ink drawing, and Bloch (I Can't Wait) packs an outsize amount of comedy into each stroke of his pen. Adding minimal facial features, he imbues half a dozen bananas with the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat (the 'top banana' preens above the wannabes). Although the boy's feelings are on target — he fears school, misses his dog, dreads lunch but trades grins with the boy at the next desk — the one-note lines can grow thin; the book may be better browsed than read through. Ages 4 — up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , An award-winning artist offers a child's-eye look at such idiomatic expressions as ants in your pants and cat got your tongue, providing a unique and sympathetic perspective on a boy's first day of school. Full color.
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