Kid’s Book Review: Let’s Get Ready for School

Kid’s Book Review: Let’s Get Ready for School

About the Book and Author

For toddlers who are wondering excitedly, perhaps a little apprehensively what school will be like this is the perfect book to get young children ready for this big milestone.

Questions such as, What will we do there? What if I miss Mummy? Do I have to go? are answered in this warm, witty and reassuring book for young children exploring everything they’ll need to know before starting school. Written by Jane Porter and illustrated by Caroline Rabei this lovely picture book is published by Walker Books.

Let's Get Ready for School cover
Jane Porter

Jane Porter is an author and illustrator with an MA in Illustration and Animation from Kingston University, and is a former winner of one of the London Book Fair Prizes for Illustration. A former gardening writer, Jane has written and illustrated several picture books including Pink Lion (Walker), King Otter (Simon & Schuster) and The Boy Who Loved Everyone (Walker). Her book, This Rabbit, That Rabbit (Baby Walker) was selected for Bookstart, the world’s first national book-gifting programme. Please visit her website to find out more about her other stories for young children.

Carolina Rabei qualified with  a BA in Graphic Design in Moldova, and later received a distinction in Children’s Book Illustration from the prestigious Cambridge School of Art in 2014.

Carolina’s stunning debut picture book illustrating Walter de la Mare’a poem, Snow (Faber), was published to critical acclaim, nominated for the esteemed Kate Greenaway Medal, and featured on The Independent‘s list of ’11 Best Books for 4 to 7-Year-Olds’. Carolina went on to illustrate more of de la Mare’s work for Faber: The Ride-by-Nights, Summer Evening and Silver.Carolina is known for building worlds of warmth and heart. Her latest picture book, Little Lost Fox (Egmont, February 2020), tells the heartfelt story of friendship in the great outdoors

Book Review

I would like a giraffe in my school!

Sophia: I am getting ready to go to school and I am very excited. When I opened this book I liked looking at all the things to do with school and I pointed at all the numbers. I liked seeing all the boys and girls on their way to school and I really hope there are animals in my school. I would like a giraffe in my school. I liked the page about our classroom, I would love to dress up in my school.

Mum: The pages are all bright and colourful and the book covers everything from waking up and getting ready for school to lunchtime and home time. The book uses such positive messages that everybody who is getting ready for school will feel really prepared and happy to chat about the big changes that lie ahead

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Sophia
  • Age: 4 years
  • Likes: princesses, playing with my dog and reading books
  • Dislikes: brown flowers and not going to nursery
  • Favourite Book: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Favourite Film: Moanna
  • Favourite Song: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star