Late for School by Mike Reiss

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Follow the rollicking, surreal adventures of a young boy as he races to get to school on time.

Smitty is never late for school. Not when his shoes get stuck in a sea of thick, black tar. Not when the sky rains snowmen down on the city streets. Not when he uses his coat for a sail to catch a gale and is swallowed up by a whale. Or when he encounters a robot from Mars eating up cars…or a very, very hungry T. Rex!

With rhyming language and a vivid imagination, author Mike Reiss demonstrates that, for some children, getting to school on time can be an adventure. Illustrator Michael Austin's humorous, exaggerated images colorfully bring to life the mischievous fun of the text.

The surprise ending will delight young readers as they cheer on Smitty and his heroic efforts to beat the school bell.


About Mike Reiss

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Mike Reiss, primarily a film and TV writer, is best known as a former head writer for the popular animated sitcom, The Simpsons. He spent nineteen years on the show and won four Emmy awards. He is also an author of nine other children's books, some of which include, Santa Claustrophobia, The Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln, and How Murray Saved Christmas. Mike lives in New York City with his wife. Johnny Yanok's main interests include Halloween, Disney World, and anything mid-century modern. He has won two Spectrum Awards for the best in contemporary art. He is the Art Director of Johnny Yanok Graphic Design Illustration and has been a graphic designer for American Greetings for more than eleven years. Johnny lives in Akron, Ohio.
Published August 1, 2003 by Peachtree Pub Ltd (J). 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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In the fine tradition of John Burningham’s John Patrick Norman McHennessy, The Boy Who Was Always Late (1988), a New York lad overcomes—or so he claims—all sorts of unusual obstacles to get to school, from a flood in Times Square to a Hyundai-eating robot from Mars.

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