Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 3 to 7
- Grade: p to 2
- Reading age: 3 to 7
“I liked kindergarten from the very 1st day,” begins the narrator of this very funny and touching picture book. However, she notices, “My mom was happy for me, of course, but I got the feeling that she was also a little sad” to leave her. So one day the little girl invites her mom to join the kindergarten class for the day, which turns out to be a real learning experience --- for both of them. Somehow her mom just can't get any of the rules right: she barges to the front of the line, she shouts out without raising her hand, she slams down her scissors during Craft Time. How embarrassing! In a wonderful role reversal that will delight young children, the girl must become the patient and sometimes frustrated expert who instructs her mom on how to behave. Author Maureen Fergus has found a unique way of telling a school story that allows children to feel rewarded about how much they know. The spare style and juvenile sensibility of the artwork by Mike Lowery perfectly conveys the hilarity of the story. This book would be a popular, entertaining read-aloud, especially for kindergartners themselves. It ties in beautifully to character education lessons on patience or perseverance. The little girl is a wonderful role model for how to be generous and kind to others who are struggling with something new, while also providing a humorous lesson on why it's important to follow the rules.
About the authors
Maureen Fergus est auteure lauréate de plusieurs livres pour enfants et jeunes adultes, dont The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten, Et si je ne veux pas? et les livres de la série Buddy and Earl. Elle vit à Winnipeg, au Manitoba.
Maureen Fergus is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults, including The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten and the Buddy and Earl series of books. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Mike Lowery has illustrated many books for children, including The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten and A Squiggly Story. Mike lives in Decatur, Georgia.
Mike Lowery is a New York Times bestselling illustrator who has worked on dozens of award-winning books for kids, including The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School, Mac B, Kid Spy by Mac Barnett, How to Be a T.Rex, and many others. He's also written several books, including the Doodle Adventures series of graphic novels for kids and Random Illustrated Facts: A Collection of Curious, Weird, and Totally Not Boring Things to Know, which collects his drawings of super-weird and totally true facts. Visit him online at mikelowery.com.
- Winner, Blue Spruce, Forest of Reading
- Winner, Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, Bank Street Children's Book Committee
- Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
You can almost smell the crayons ... A well-observed kindergarten whimsy.—Kirkus Reviews
Fergus's light humor keeps the story amusing ...—The New York Times
Tongue so firmly in cheek that it might have to be surgically removed, Fergus crafts a switcheroo that will have children rolling on the floor and, along with certain parents and less-experienced teachers, getting the point, too.—Booklist Online
... with lively humor and a bright, welcoming cartoon aesthetic ... Young readers will giggle ...—Publishers Weekly
Other titles by Maureen Fergus
Princess Pru and the Switcheroo
Princess Pru and the Ogre on the Hill
The Pancake Problem (Weenie Featuring Frank and Beans Book #2)
Mad About Meatloaf (Weenie Featuring Frank and Beans Book #1)
Petal the Angry Cow
Glory on Ice
A Vampire Hockey Story