Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Forest's First Day of School by Tara Zann -- OPTIONAL

Zann, Tara Forest's First Day of School (Wild Child #2), illustrated by Dan Widdowson. CHAPTER BOOK. Imprint (Macmillan), 2017. $6. 9781250103871

It's time for Forest, the wild child Olive and her family found in the woods two weeks before, to start school. To complicate things, on the first day they discover they will be doing a class play of The Wizard of Oz. Forest has enough difficulty handling real life; how can he possibly handle the pretend world of a performance?

Like the previous book in the series, this one has a cute premise. It's just so over-the-top that I found myself constantly distracted by thoughts of, "That would never happen!" and that made it difficult to get into the flow. From a spaghetti-and-meatballs fight at lunch (where the only adult in a cafeteria full of kids is a lone lunch lady), to the idea that social services hasn't yet come knocking on Olive's door to investigate this abandoned child they took home, to the fact that Forest was simply dropped into a regular classroom with no extra support at all, it was difficult to suspend disbelief.

EL (K-3) -- OPTIONAL. Sydney G, K-6 Library Media Specialist

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