A to Z Challenge Day 4: D
Do I Have to Go To School Today? Like any typical 7-year-old boy, Trevor is less than thrilled with the idea of spending his day at school. Unfortunately for him, school is not an option and he reluctantly prepares himself for yet another boring day of learning. Once at school he is met with good news from friends, a new class pet ad many other exciting experiences. Nobody is more surprised that Trevor when he realizes that school is fun and being forced to attend actually isn’t as bad as it seems.
Trevor does not want to go to school. He hides under the covers annoyed at big brother Austin who whispers in his ear, it is fun to go to school. Trevor may be grumpy in the morning but he knows school is a must. He gets ready for another boring day. Trevor is in class maybe five minutes when he gets his first I’m glad I came to school today moment; His friend Noah has a new baby sister.
The day only delivers more moments like this when the class gets a new pet and Trevor is in charge of getting the gecko water every day. He has a blast at recess and is not ready for the school day to end when the bell rings. Trevor arrives home excited and anxious to tell mom about his day.
We do not know why Trevor disliked school or why it was boring, just that he did not want to go. He gets there and realizes that school is not as bad as he remembered, or thought, or maybe told. Whatever the case, Trevor now likes school. The illustrations are colorful. Trevor has big blue eyes and looks much younger on the inside pages than on the cover.
On the cover, Trevor looks angry and defiant. Inside the pages, Trevor looks sleepy and grumpy, but his spirits and outward appearance change nearly from the moment he takes his seat in class. A child reluctant to go to school might have a change of heart after reading this story. He might get the idea that school is not as bad as it seems. He might even get that school can be fun. What he won’t get is a real story.
For me, this is not a story. It is a chronicle of a seven-year-olds typical day at school. Trevor doesn’t want to go to school. Mom solves that one. He gets to class and other’s news cheers him up, learning to count makes him happy, getting assigned the water bottle was cool, and a great game at recess does wonders for an attitude.
The problem was Trevor not wanting to go to school. Why did he not want to go? I wanted more. I wanted a bully in his class, a crush on his teacher, anything to overcome and solve on his own. I want a story, even in a 24-page picture book aimed at five to eight-year-olds.
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Author: Holli Snyder Illustrator: Javier Duarte Publisher: Mirror Publishing Released: 2011 ISBN: 978-1-61225-098-4 Number of Pages: 24 Ages: 5+
A to Z Challenge Day 4: D