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!