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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Har/Com edition (28 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446557021
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446557023
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.3 x 29.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,231,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Martin is one of today's most talented performers. His huge successes as a film actor include such credits as ROXANNE, FATHER OF THE BRIDE, PARENTHOOD and THE SPANISH PRISONER. He has won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for comedy albums. In addition to the bestselling PURE DRIVEL, he has written several plays, including Picasso at the Lapin Agile and a highly acclaimed novel, SHOPGIRL. His work appears in The New Yorker and The New York Times.

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A seemingly simple trip to school from one of the country's most acclaimed, beloved entertainers and writers, wittily illustrated by renowned artist C. F. Payne, will be a hit with readers young and old alike.

About the Author

Steve Martin is a legendary writer, actor and performer. His film credits include Father of the Bride, Parenthood and The Spanish Prisoner, as well as Roxanne, L.A. Story and Bowfinger, for which he also wrote the screenplays. He's won Emmys for his television writing and two Grammys for comedy albums.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Our Kids FAVORITE book and song. 19 Mar. 2011
By Gitzi - Published on
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We checked this out from the Library and listened to the CD and read the book at least 25 times (I'm being VERY conservative) daily until we had to return it. I made sure that we had our own copy before I returned the book, because my son (3) and daughter (5) would have lost their tiny minds if 'Late for School' just disappeared.

Our 3 year old sings the 'Late for school' song all day, as do I. The kids correct us when we muck it up. My daughter wanted me to get more books and music by Steve Martin because 'he sings better than Hannah Montana'.

We read 25-50 new books a week. We buy the ones we know we'll read many weeks and years to come. The kids have never been so enthusiastic about a book or song. 'Late for School' is their absolute favorite. Payne is a favorite illustrator and a great choice for the book. We all hope that the writer will create more banjo / children's books if only to give us a new song to get stuck in our heads!

Update: Two months later and we still listen 'Late for School' daily. We make up our own lyrics now using the melody for our silly songs that we create throughout the day.

The kids started showing interest in making music and are starting guitar lessons next week. Their singing has improved and increased as well. This new musical interest began with their love for 'Late for School' and I give it and the author full credit and my gratitude.

'Late for School' makes a great gift for boys or girls! Enjoy it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fun lyrics receive Payne's equally fun drawings in a multimedia presentation perfect for gift-giving 19 Dec. 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Steve Martin's LATE FOR SCHOOL pairs fun drawings by C.F. Payne with a CD with the song performed by author Steve Martin as it tells of a boy who always finds it a challenge to get to school on time. Fun lyrics receive Payne's equally fun drawings in a multimedia presentation perfect for gift-giving.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Late For School 5 Dec. 2010
By Megan Derks - Published on
Format: Hardcover
My grandpa had just died and I was taking my grandma up to Traverse City to visit with family. My little cousin who was 5 years old at the time kept wanting to hear "grandpa's song!" which was Late for school by Steve Martin. We all piled into the car to pick up his sister from kindergarten and on the way my cousin and I started making motions to this song. Later we had to go back to my cousins school to watch her school play. Again on our way there they wanted "Number 4" they would shout, "Grandma! Number 4, Number 4!" And ever since then when we all get into the car all they want to here is song number 4 on Steve Martins Banjo cd. When the book came out my grandma and I rushed to Barnes and Noble to pick up the book so that for Christmas they could have the book.
Every time I hear this song or see this book I can't help but think of my grandpa who played banjo like Steve Martin and my cousins who always wanted to hear Number 4!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Late For School 4 Jan. 2011
By Beverly L. Archer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Late for School by Steve Martin is a funny rendering of the classic yarn about waking up thinking you are late for school. In the rush to get to school on time, the young boy, jumps a fence, encounters a swimming pool and catches a ride on a kite, making it to school with just a few minutes to spare only to discover that there is no school because it's SATURDAY! Martin's trademark humor translates well to children.

The illustrations by C. F. Payne are a great companion to the story. Also included is a CD of Martin playing the banjo and singing the story. Both the book and the CD are perfect "read alouds" that students and adults alike will love.

Recommended for Kindergarten and up.

Mrs. Archer's rating: 5 of 5
Interesting Book 14 Oct. 2014
By Mike - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a very cool book and it came with a CD of Steve Martin singing the story while playing his banjo. Steve is a great entertainer and the style of this is reminiscent of his early standup act in the late 70s and early 80s, but obviously toned down for a young audience. The illustrations in this book are like a surreal version of Norman Rockwell and are very well done. Just know before hand that it is a short book and is written in a poetry format.
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