Synopses & Reviews
One day, Mr. Keene called all the students and teachers together and said, "This is a fine, fine school! From now on, let's have school on Saturdays too."
And then there was more.
School all weekend.
School on the holidays.
School in the SUMMER!
What was next ...
SCHOOL AT NIGHT?
So it's up to Tillie to show her well-intentioned principal, Mr. Keene, that even though his fine, fine school is a wonderful place, it's not fine, fine to be there all the time. Newbery Medal-winning author Sharon Creech and celebrated New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss team up in this charming and hilarious book about what happens when the love of learning goes a bit too far.
“Impressive … Expressive … Clever.” Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
“Charming.” Kirkus Reviews
“This book has it all.” ALA Booklist (starred review)
“Charming, rhythmical and humorous.” BookPage.com
Mr. Keene is a principal who loves his school. And he s lucky enough to have students who love school, too. But is there such a thing as too much school? School on Saturday, school on holidays, school every day of the year? It s up to Tillie and her classmates to show their well-intentioned principal that even though his fine, fine school is a wonderful place, it s important to have time for fun too. Newbery Medal winning author Sharon Creech and celebrated New Yorker cartoonist Harr Bliss team up in this charming and hilarious book about what happens when a principal and his students take their love of learning a bit too far.
About the Author
Known for writing with a classic voice and unique style, Sharon Creech is the best-selling author of the Newbery Medal winnerWalk Two Moons
, and the Newbery Honor BookThe Wanderer
. She is also the first American in history to be awarded the CILIP Carnegie Medal forRuby Holler
. Her other works include the novelsLove That Dog
, Absolutely Normal Chaos
, Chasing Redbird
, and Pleasing the Ghost
, and two picture books: A Fine, Fine School
and Fishing in the Air
. These stories are often centered around life, love, and relationships -- especially family relationships. Ms. Creech's first novel for children,Absolutely Normal Chaos
, was based on her own "rowdy and noisy" family. Growing up in a big family in Cleveland, Ohio, helped Ms. Creech learn to tell stories that wouldn't be forgotten in all of the commotion: "I learned to exaggerate and embellish, because if you didn't, your story was drowned out by someone else's more exciting one."
With a knack for storytelling and love of reading, a young Ms. Creech aspired to become a novelist: "To be able to create other worlds, to be able to explore mystery and myth -- I couldn't imagine a better way to live. . .except perhaps to be a teacher, because teachers got to handle books all day long." In college, Ms. Creech took her first writing courses and attended writing workshops. This renewed her enthusiasm for becoming a novelist. Following her studies in college and graduate school, Ms. Creech worked as an editorial assistant before deciding to become a teacher overseas. Now, after spending eighteen years teaching and writing in Europe, she and her husband have returned to the United States to live.