‘Wake up, Daddy, it’s time for school.’
‘But I’m tired,’ says Daddy.
It’s morning, and a little girl has to get her faddy ready for school. But first he’s too tired to get up, then he has a rumbly tummy, and next he is missing a sock. Finally, she gets Daddy ready, with lunch packed and hair combed and ont he bus to school.
Time for School, Daddy is a funny take on the morning rush of school days, with the role reversal showing the child in control and determined to keep things on track. This use of humour helps to normalise the multiple worries and dramas which can be part of the routine, and will allow children and parents to see their own routines from a different angle. Colourful, child-like, cartoon-style illustration on white backgrounds also offer a lovleyw at for young readers to connect.
Time for School, Daddy, by Dave Hackett
I like my friends.
I like to be with ALL of my friends.
But sometimes my friends
aren’t friendly with
Tahnee has lots of friends, and she likes to do different things with them. But it isn’t easy having so many friends – some of her friends don’t like each other, or like doing different things, so it gets hard to be a good friend to everyone. Luckily, Tahnee has a big heart, and wise, loving support from her parents and her teacher, Miss Darling.
Too Many Friends is a delightful, warm-hearted verse novel about friendship. Like most classrooms, Tahnee’s year two class is populated by kids with a range of interests, problems and personalities. Miss Darling is energetic, enthusiastic and loves her job. Tahnee loves Miss Darling and she loves school, but she finds it hard to know how to keep her friends happy, and still do the things she loves, and when one of her friends stops talking to her, she needs to figure out what to do. Her solution is lovely.
This is Kat Apel’s third verse novel, and shows the same tender touch as her previous work.
Too Many Friends, by Kat Apel