First Day at Zoo School

Sarah Dillard. Sleeping Bear, $14.99 (40p) ISBN 978-1-58536-890-7
Dillard makes excellent use of comic-book elements like sequential panels and speech balloons in this witty, well-observed story. Amanda, an exuberant panda, is delighted to be at school, but Alfred, the introverted alligator, who she decides is her new best friend, is less eager. “Why do I have to go to school?” he wonders. “I know so much already.” Amanda’s ebullience only grates on Alfred’s nerves, resulting in a blowup that gets resolved the next day. Dillard keeps the story’s messaging subtle, and her crisp images and candid storytelling capture the give-and-take inherent in many early friendships. Ages 5–7. Agent: Lori Nowicki, Painted Words. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 05/26/2014
Release date: 08/01/2014
Genre: Children's
Ebook - 40 pages - 978-1-62753-782-7
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