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Kids Fiction 168
cute picture book about new school fears
Overall rating 
 
3.5
Plot/Characters/Writing Style 
 
3.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable) 
 
4.0
I DON'T WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL features Dinosaur and Mouse, who are both scared of their first day of school. They are worried about the students, the classes, and think it looks scary. Eventually, they both go in, agreeing to be brave if the other is. When they finally get to school and start class, it is great, and they can't wait to go back the next day.

What I loved: This book is full of fun and colorful illustrations along with simple phrases that emphasize feelings they are having. The story is simple and will resonate with children who might be worried about starting school for the first time. There is a nice twist in the book with the mouse being the teacher of a classroom of dinosaurs, that shows that teachers can be nervous too.

What left me wanting more: The book spends most of the time talking about the worries and fears over starting school, without spending the same amount of time on the good points of school. For nervous soon-to-be-students, this can help to emphasize their fears without spending as much time allaying them. It does end on a positive note and does show them having fun at school and excited to go back the next day.

Final verdict: I DON'T WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL is a cute and brightly colored book that helps to express the worries over starting a new school- for teachers and students.
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