Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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.)
"Blochs simple though imaginative pictures and clean visual style invite discussion of the deeper meanings of these oft-used phrases, making this an ideal book for the classroom or for one-on-one sharing." School Library Journal
andldquo;A little girl with a dino-sized imagination joins, and learns to get along with, other kids with their own particular styles on the first day of school. Allyand#39;s a young girl who knows what she likes: dinosaurs. In fact, her scribbly black-and-white figure is surrounded by crayoned pink spines running down her head and back to her tail, and her feet have pink claws. But will she meet any other dinos at school? andlsquo;I think youand#39;re going to make a lot of new friends,andrsquo; her mother reassures her. It takes a while for the other kidsand#39; imaginations to overcome their first-day nervousness, but slowly, their outlines also take on hues and costumes: an astronaut, three princesses, a dragon, a lion, and bespectacled Walter, who loves his new briefcase-shaped lunchbox. Recess is spent acting out these fantasies, and an end-of-the-day trip to the library just may prompt some new adventures for tomorrow. Torrey nicely tackles lots of first-day issues in this imaginative offeringandmdash;making friends, getting along, keeping an open mind, the everyday routines of kindergartenandmdash;and he does so with aplomb. Pastel backgrounds make the multiethnic figures stand out, especially their brightly colored imagined costumes. Ally is an empathetic guide for young children facing their own first days, no matter what or who they imagine themselves to be.andrdquo; andmdash;Kirkus Reviews
andldquo;Ally has a dinosaur alter ego, Ally-saurus; Torrey gives the girl a dinosaur T-shirt, fountainlike pigtailsandmdash;and a pink, crayonlike tail and spikes, which reveal the depths of her obsession and imagination. At school, Ally discovers that her classmatesandrsquo; interests are just as prominent: a group of andlsquo;princessesandrsquo; (whose yellow gowns and crowns are overlaid atop their school-day outfits) are initially unfriendly, while Ally finds like-minded friends in students who love spaceships, lions, and dragons. The childrenandrsquo;s make-believe accouterments create a fun visual effect, delivering bright pops of color against Torreyandrsquo;s bandw pencil drawings while simultaneously demonstrating the way childrenandrsquo;s passions loom large in their lives.andrdquo; andmdash;Publishers Weekly (STARRED)
andldquo;Ally is an ebullient heroine, and her enthusiasm is infectious. Torreyandrsquo;s true-to-life story is matched by his pencil, watercolor, and digital media that catch all the fun (e.g., crayon marks denote Allyandrsquo;s make-believe dino spikes). The oversize format and right-on message make this a good story hour choice.andrdquo; andmdash;Booklist
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.
You can call her Ally-SAURUS! When Ally roars off to her first day at school, she hopes sheand#39;ll meet lots of other dinosaur-mad kids in class. Instead, sheand#39;s the only one chomping her food with fierce dino teeth and drawing dinosaurs on her nameplate. Even worse, a group of would-be andquot;princessesandquot; snubs her! Will Ally ever make new friends? With its humorous art, appealing heroine, and surprise ending, this fun picture book celebrates childrenand#39;s boundless imagination.
About the Author
Richard Torrey is an author, artist, and editorial cartoonist. He has written and illustrated seven books, including the popular Beans Baker series for Random House and the three-book series Almost, Why?, and Because for HarperCollins. He has also illustrated dozens of books for Simon and Schuster, Golden Books, McGraw-Hill, and Scholastic; had his art published in Highlights magazine, KidCity, and Inside Sports; and created a successful line of greeting cards for Recycled Paper Greetings. Richard lives with his wife and children in Shoreham, NY. You can learn more about Richard at: richardtorreystudios.com.