My Stinky New School

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Age Range
6+
Release Date
June 19, 2015
ISBN
9780745965017
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Toby's sister and baby brother love their schools - they smell of paint and rainbows. Toby doesn't think he likes his new school at all - it smells of ogres and he's lonely. He looks and looks for friends but he can't find any anywhere. He finds an alien, a mermaid, a dinosaur expert and a pirate, but no friends! When his mum comes to pick him up he tells her the sad news - but if he didn't make any friends then who is in the playground waving at him..? Rebecca Elliott's charming Toby books help children deal with new and unfamiliar circumstances. In Mr Super Poopy Pants, Toby got used to the idea of having a new baby brother; in Missing Jack he had to come to terms with the death of his pet cat. Now Rebecca is showing that going to school isn't quite as scary as you might think, using her unique sense of humour and style to create a warm and comforting picture book, which is quirky and funny at the same time.

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Of Ogre Armpits and Pirate Ships
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4.0
Plot/Characters/Writing Style
 
4.0
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
 
4.0
Going to a new school can be a terrifying experience. And it doesn’t help that Toby’s siblings have managed to fit into their schools quite snugly, while he has to go to one that apparently smells of ‘ogre armpits’.
That one phrase there made me laugh out loud. And at the same time, it struck a deep chord with me. Having been a child who had to shift schools every three or four years (I have my dad’s job to thank for that), I remember the dread and the dismay that used to pool uncomfortably in my stomach every time I walked in through a new set of gates. But Rebecca Elliott captures that experience in a beautiful melange of words and pictures.
Toby takes refuge in his imagination. He wanders through space with an alien, sails the seven seas with a pirate and goes on dinosaur hunts with an expert, and at the end finds that the adventures may have been make-believe but not the friends he met on the way.
MY STINKY NEW SCHOOL is whimsical, uplifting and heart-warming. Most importantly, it addresses an issue that a lot of kids will relate to. The illustrations are just lovely and Rebecca’s writing style is lucid and charming.


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