Finally, there is nothing like a bit of humor to allay the fears of brand-new students. Jack Prelutsky wows readers once again with charming rhyme and rhythm in his latest poetry collection, What a Day It Was at School!. With cartoon-like drawings by Doug Cushman, Prelutsky tackles an array of topics from weighty backpacks to food fights. A young cat narrates each poem, relating his school-time escapades to his mother. Poem titles are cleverly outlined in a table of contents, written down in the cat's spiral-bound journal. This playful romp through education sets just the right tone to get the new school year off to a promising start. Jennifer Robinson is a teacher in Baltimore.

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