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On my very first school day I met ...    by Norman Stiles & Bill Mayer order for
On my very first school day I met ...
by Norman Stiles
Order:  USA  Can
Milk & Cookies, 2005 (2005)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

In this exuberant picture book, extravagantly illustrated by Bill Mayer, Norman Stiles presents a little girl's reactions to all the wild and woolly critters met 'On my very first school day'.

It's quite something! I rather liked 'A mouse with big ears, who really liked quiet' and the Smile-o-saurus who introduces his 'horse-cow-flamingo-pig-froggy-duck pet!' But the best part is the ending - 'On that very first school day ever they met / A friend more fantastic than they had met yet ...' Can you guess who that would be?

How could a child worry about the first day of school after turning these funny, flamboyant pages and meeting all the fantastic friends moving through them?

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