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Time for (Earth) School, Dewey Dew

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Trim Size:
11" x 9"
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-958-2
Full-color illustrations
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About the Book


Click-Clack Waddle-Waddle Dot-Dot Dewey Dew from Planet Eight Hundred Seventy-Two Point Nine does not want to go to school. Not on his planet, and definitely not on Planet Earth. At Earth school, everything and everyone is new for Dewey—and uncomfortable. Earth words sound strange, Earth clothes don’t feel right, and no one looks even a little bit like him. In this first-day-of-school story about just how hard it is to feel different, a classmate with a friendly smile helps nervous Dewey Dew learn about the importance of acceptance and facing new experiences.


“It’s one thing to feel like an alien on your first day of school. It’s another thing to be one.... the amusing text works seamlessly with the artwork… A fine read-aloud choice, this picture book explores what it feels like to be the new kid, whatever planet you call home.”—Booklist

"Dewey Dew is blue, has one eye and an antennalike appendage on his head, and is from Planet Eight Hundred Seventy-Two Point Nine. But for his first day of school, he is heading, reluctantly, for Earth and Mrs. Brightsun's School for Little Learners. But nothing there looks, feels, or sounds quite right to Dewey Dew... Mack's pencil, watercolor, and digital illustrations are a delight. Though they've likely never met an ET, readers won't have any trouble decoding what the unfamiliar words mean or how Dewey Dew feels about his single eye, 3-fingered hands, and lack of hair amid the other students, who are nicely multiracial.ET or not, the first day of school will be ootay." —Kirkus Reviews

"Little one-eyed alien Dewey is anxious about starting school on Earth… The alien perspective is at once relatable to kids and distant enough to provide a neutral, safe place to ponder the worries of starting school…. This is just the ticket for freshening up a back-to-school storytime or a first-day-of-school readaloud session." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Meet the Author

Leslie Staub

Leslie Staub is the author of Time for (Earth) School, Dewey Dew and How Do You Say I Love You, Dewey Dew?. She is also the author and illustrator of Bless This House, and has illustrated various titles including Lee Bennett Hopkins' Lives: Poems About Famous Americans and Mem Fox's Whoever You Are.

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Meet the Illustrator

Jeff Mack

Jeff Mack is the illustrator of multiple picture books, including Bunnicula and Friends and Hurry! Hurry! He has also written and illustrated many picture books, chapter books, and early readers, including Clueless McGee, Good News Bad News, and the Hippo and Rabbit series. He lives in Easthampton, Massachusetts. Visit jeffmack.com.

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