Cathy Hapka has written more than 100 books for children and young adults. At home on her small farm in Chester County, Pennsylvania, she enjoys reading and writing, horseback riding, animals of all kinds, gardening, and music. Ellen Titlebaum is the author of numerous books for young readers. Her titles include How Not to Babysit Your Brother and How to Start Third Grade, among others. Debbie Palen's illustrations have appeared in a range of media, including the app market, advertising, young adult books, and children's publishing. She is currently focusing her talents on picture books.
Gr 2-3-This very slight book should be called How to Turn off Newly Independent Readers. Longer paragraphs with fewer illustrations look great on the surface in this "Step 4" reader. Unfortunately, the story, in which Will describes his first day of third grade, is completely unbelievable. His brother is starting kindergarten. When the boys arrive at school, Steve is off and running-tearing around the halls, banging on the lockers, and creating total chaos. Will tries to ignore him but when the family dog finds his way into the school cafeteria, everybody and everything goes wild. While all of this is silly, it is not realistic. No school lets new students (kindergarteners, no less) roam the halls on their own or allows a food fight in the cafeteria. The illustrations are just as wild as the story with little to offer except for a pretty good description of what should not happen. This title fails to be funny; it's simply frenzied.-Susan Lissim, Dwight School, New York City Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.