I Don’t Want to go to School
Lula Bell and Brian Fitzgerald
Both Mouse (teacher) and Dinosaur are suffering from first day nerves as they reluctantly get up, dress and are unable to face their respective breakfasts.
Concerns about being liked are voiced and both characters are feeling decidedly wibbly-wobbly.
School looks such a scary place full of seemingly intimidating children – until they encounter one another. Then it becomes a case of being brave together … and going on to have an absolutely terrific time. Yipee! school’s great
and tomorrow’s another day …
With a simple text that gets to the heart of those starting school wobbles and Brian Fitzgerald’s bright, humorous illustrations that capture so well the feelings of Mouse and Dinosaur, this is a definite winner and just right for youngsters starting school next term who will be amused to see that sometimes teachers have those apprehensive feelings too.
Oxford Children’s Books
Watching his big brother having the kind of fun that older brothers enjoy makes the small boy protagonist wish that he too could be big.
All of a sudden his wish is granted and off he goes on an awesome romp with the city as his adventure playground.
The trouble is he just keeps on increasing in size until he declares “Oh … no … I’m TOO big!’
Perhaps after all it’s better to be content with what you are and to use your imagination and say ‘what if …’.
With minimal words and arresting illustrations, debuting as author-illustrator Sav Akyüz has created a fun story that will resonate with lots of small brothers and sisters who watch their older siblings doing exciting things and think, ‘I wish … ‘