More delightful illustrations, comedic writing and clever appeal for young children.
I Don’t Want to Go to School
$18.99 – $29.99
Simon—the mischievous rabbit from Poo Bum—is back!
Written by Stephanie Blake
Translated by Linda Burgess
Once upon a time, there was a mischievous little rabbit. Maybe you know him. When his mother said: ‘Tomorrow is your first day of school, little rabbit.’ he replied: ‘I’m not going!’
A books for kids ages 3-5
Country of Origin France Reader Age 2-5 year, 5-7 year Book Size 28 × 22 cm 28 × 22 cm 28 × 22 cm ISBN IDontWanttoGotoSchool 9781877579080 9781877579042
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The Telegraph (UK), July 2015 –
Will tackle nerves head on as the little rabbit Simon (of bestselling Poo Bum fame) heads off for his first day.
CHILD (Aus), December 2014 –
Full of bright illustrations, large text … great for kids who are having a hard time adjusting to the idea of starting pre-school or school.
Achuka Reviews (UK), December 2014 –
Huge print, clever repetition and simple blocked-colour illustration combine to make Blake’s titles sure-fire hits with their audience. Great for group read-alouds, because the pages are easily appreciated from a distance.
Booksellers, We Love Books (NZ), November 2014 –
Beautifully illustrated and with child friendly text, this colourful book is ideal as a shared read or as a read alone for the emergent reader, it’s size is ideal for holding and the bright, clear and funky illustrations will appeal immensely to both adults and children.
Hawke’s Bay Weekend (NZ), November 2014 –
Vibrant colours and strong text offer a young reader an amusing story.
The Children’s Bookshop (NZ), October 2014 –
Reverse psychology, coupled with one of our favourite literary characters, makes this idea for anxious pre-schoolers.
Kiwi Families (NZ), October 2014 –
[It] totally nails the experiences of child who is nervous about starting school … an absolutely MUST-READ book for any small person who is anxious about going to school. The illustrations are bright, colourful, simple, but also totally engaging. A near-on perfect picture book.
Booktrust (UK), September 2014 –
Bright colours and giant text make it a visual treat and Blake’s wobbly drawings could inspire little ones to copy her style … Simon is a brilliant character that deserves to reach a wide audience.
Swings and Roundabouts Spring 2014 (NZ), September 2014 –
Simon’s cheekiness and forthrightness is in the heart of us all and especially in our pre-schoolers … A humorous story with the ability to explore feelings – it’s a winner!
Book Trailers for Kids and YA (NZ), September 2014 –
Bright colours, simple story that captures the feelings and anxieties about starting school but with a great outcome which is sure to appeal to young children in the same situation.
Waikato Times (NZ), August 2014 –
The bold, colourful presentation is deceptively simple. The emotions of this stubborn little rabbit are captured well. Preschoolers one and all are likely to be drawn into this little tale.
Bookrapt (NZ), reviewed by Jean Bennett, August 2014 –
Satisfying, humorous … a reassuring tale for young children about to embark on their first day at school.
Tales on Moon Lane Children’s Bookshop (UK), August 2014 –
A charming story told with such humour and illustrated with delightfully quirky illustrations, and it is sure to calm any `first day of school’ nerves.
The Bookbag (UK), July 2014 –
A sweet starting school book that’s perfect for boys and girls … The illustrations are rough and ready, bright and fun with lots of primary colours. Recommended summer reading before the start of the school term.
Tall, Short, Tiny and a Pickle (NZ), July 2014 –
Another gem from Stephanie Blake, featuring our favourite bunny-hero, Simon. More delightful illustrations, comedic writing and clever appeal for young children. Tiny thought this was an incredibly funny book … [has] a huge amount of appeal to those nearing school-age.
Anna, mother of 5-year-old reader (NZ), June 2014 –
My 5 year old pounced on [it] and it became the first book that she has managed to read ALL by herself. She found it sooooooo funny (bonus) … Thank you Gecko for another awesome book which is helping to open up new worlds of reading delight in our house.
Bob’s Books Blog (NZ), June 2014 –
Another excellent picture book about Simon … The whole collection of stories about Simon is a must for primary school libraries and there are excellent tips for parents too.