A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School

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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

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