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Having a dog in class is always a clue that it's going to be an interesting day, especially when the dog in question-and the one with all the answers-is the insatiable canine gourmand Pete, last seen munching everything from jellybeans to underwear o

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
If only school were this much fun 1 Jan. 2005
By JoAnne Goldberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Although I am somewhat older than the suggested age range for this book, I loved the combination of witty illustrations and sly humor. Kalman's imagination is free-wheeling and far-reaching (have YOU ever considered what you'd do if your dog swallowed the remote?) and in a few words she encapsulates the essence of the educational experience--long stretches of boredom punctuated by occasional moments of terror.

The read-aloud length is ten minutes (fifteen if you're laughing really hard), just about perfect for children with short attention spans and their weary parents. The pop quiz at the end is worth the price of admission. Did I mention that all the characters have wonderfully creative names (and nicknames) and that the principal's bird realizes that he has a birdbrain? This was our first venture into Kalman territory, just enough to whet the appetite and make me eager to read the rest of her work.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Kalman Hits It Out Of The Park! 16 Dec. 2008
By Linda Shapiro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Maira Kalman's story of Pete in school is a wonder of creativity, understanding of the childhood brain, and the horror/joys of elementary school. My 7 year old grandson read every single little side comment. Some of the language is challenging to this good reader, but he sounded his way though with glee. I love Kalman and so do the kids I read to. Her unique illustrative style is so engaging and her slightly skewed point of view are an antidote to the dumbed down stuff being offered for young readers (and their grandparents). Bravo, Ms. K!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Hysterically funny! Imaginative read! 9 Sept. 2011
By M J Suden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Stumbled upon this book at library and couldn't stop laughing. The author is so imaginative and gets right inside a kids head and says the things that they are probably thinking.....like why can't pets go to school? Gotta love Milton, the principal's 'song bird' that doesn't count as a pet because he is a songbird.

The author is irreverent-funny and I love that about the book. The names of all the teachers are funny, Pete is funny, the pictures are wierd and funny.

I'd give it 10 stars if I could. Perfect for a going to school kid who might be a wee bit nervous.
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clever and hilarious 28 Dec. 2007
By Ruth Fiege - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
i love this book. it kind of reminds me of j.otto siebold in style, which i also love. it's the kind of book a parent can actually read to a child over and over again. there is always something new to see, hidden on the page to discover. and it is really funny and original. maira kalman's illustrations are to die for. a little primitive in a very sophisticated way. did i mention i love this book? i love this book!!
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Smartypants for Smartykids 9 Nov. 2009
By M. Karen OKain - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful illustrations, an imaginative story, and great vocabulary. It should generate substantive discussions between parents and children.
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