A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School
by Davide Cali, illustrated by Benjamin Chaud
Chronicle Books, 2016
This whopper of a tale a young boy tells his teacher as to why he’s late for class is a fantasy that some young people wish they could share. The young boy’s imagination starts with giant invading ants, moves to a full-on attack by ninjas, then to a massive ape that thinks the school bus is his banana. The tale is so long, one might think it’d get repetitive, but each interruption, each action-filled page holds the interest. Each illustrated page is so hilarious, young readers have to think to fully comprehend all the humor. It’s a book that can be read over and over to uncover new nuances. When the teacher challenges the young boy’s tale, the illustrations show that—maybe—he really was telling the truth!
A fun read. It’s smaller 6×8 format is perfect for young hands