Saturday, February 6, 2010

Butterflies in My Stomach and Other School Hazards

Butterflies in my Stomach and Other School Hazards
by Serge Bloch
unpaged picture book
New York : Little Brown Books for Young Readers, 2010

A boy's first day of school is anything but pleasant! He starts by getting up "on the wrong side of the bed". Then on the way to school he gets "butterflies in his stomach". He has a big worry that you eventually find out about towards the end of the story. The story is told purely through idioms that describe his situation. The illustrations were also cleverly rendered. Drawn in black outlines, with only the figure of speech portrayed in color makes for an eye-catching book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, yet a lot of children might not get all of the sayings used.

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