Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
I Hate School

I Hate School

Fall 2004 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Tony Ross
ISBN: 0689865236
Hardcover Price: $15.95
Honor Brown hates school. Readers can identify as she recites a litany of terrible things at school: her teacher is a warty toad, her friends are villains, the field trip bus is full of slime - and the ultimate field trip calamity, the ice cream store is closed.Through the years, disaster piles on disaster. The denouement is classic.

Tony Ross's cartoon-like figures, drawn with mostly broad lines, not to mention broad humor, are truly funny and expressive. He give personality to warty toads as well as crabby small girls.

Kemie Nix   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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