children’s book review: Late for School

Title: Late for School
Author: Steve Martin
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Har/Com edition (September 8, 2010)
Hardcover: 32 pages
Genre: children’s picture
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Rating: B

Actor/comedian/author Steve Martin writes this story about a boy taking an adventurous route to school to avoid being late and ending up in the “English grammar slammer” as a song. He jumps through pools, does some log-rolling and even catches a ride on a kite. There’s a CD included with Martin performing Late for School on the bango which should make reading this story that much more fun for young readers. The illustrations by C.F. Payne give the picture book a Norman Rockwell-esque old-fashioned look. And the vocabulary that Martin includes is commendable. Words such as: accelerate, meteor, ricochet, aviate and evaporate. My five-year-old nephews should enjoy Late for School as read to by my nine-year-old niece Arden will read to them.

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