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Review: Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus August 23, 2011

Posted by ccbooks in Book Reviews.
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Each day as a kid is fraught with many dangers. There are clothes to pick out, teachers to deal with, playground territories to negotiate and for many, the twice a day dreadedschool bus ride. Fortunately for all kids who worry about such things, John               Grandits has the answers in his hilarious new picture   book Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break If You Want to Survive the School Bus. 

Our intrepid protagonist Kyle tries his best to follow his brother James’ rules about seats, bullies, girls and   bus drivers. But Kyle just seems to keep making mistake after mistake as he goes through his school day. Each time, he tries to fix things and just keeps breaking more of the rules. Fortunately, by the end of the day, he’s learned a few things and when he gets back home, is even able to tell his brother the most important rule of all.

Michael Allen Austin’s illustrations are perfect, showing Kyle’s exaggerated imaginings of the dangers he faces on the bus. We first meet Kyle on the title page watching a nature show, so it makes sense that through his eyes, the other kids and adults appear as wild animals. Also keep your eye out for the squirrel that follows Kyle around all day!

My go-to book for addressing fears about starting school is First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg, but I’m going to have to add this one to my read-alouds at the beginning of the year.

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