Time to Get Back to Work!

The Mom Person seems to think that my little brain has been idle long enough. It’s been a busy summer. For her, maybe. For me, it’s been all about Relaxation! That’s a good thing! But now the smells of school are in the air. Time to get myself back in shape for walking the halls and sniffing out backpacks.

We have been doing quite a bit of reading this summer. We go to the library once a week and those kids sure do like to read!!! That’s a good thing, too! All my readers are starting to talk about school, too. It’s kind of exciting to move up a grade and have new teachers and new routines.

And I have the PERFECT book for back to school!!!!

IMG_1193SmartyPants
(Pete in School)
(doesn’t that look a bit like me on the cover?!)

by
Maira Kalman
(You can check out her website HERE)

published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in 2003

This is kind of a sequel to one of my very FAVORITE books –
What Pete Ate from A – Z by Ms Kalman
I talked about this book some time ago and if you’d like to see what I had to say about it, you can check it out HERE.

This SmartyPants book is also about Pete – a dog who likes to eat strange things. (I even think some of his chosen edibles are a bit strange!)Β  What Pete Ate is an alphabet book and a list of all kinds of stuff that that crazy Pete eats.Β  SmartyPants begins with a kind of short summary of the previous book, but this tale is really about going back to school. Summer is over and Pete’s girl, Poppy Wise, is contemplating what that means. All the things she Hates about school, and all the things she Loves about school.

Copy of IMG_1194We get introduced to her teachers and her principal and her classmates. Then one day – out of the blue – her dog, Pete, shows up at school and starts eating stuff! The blackboard and Mr. Spitzer’s PANTS!! Pete creates HAVOC all over the school and has to go to the principal’s office!! While there, he eats an Encyclopedia About Everything! And guess what!!! He becomes REALLY smart!!!!! So they sneak him back into school and let him answer all the questions! Pete was the STAR of the DAY!!!

Mr. SMARTYPANTS!!!!

That Ms Kalman is a crazy, clever lady! Her artwork is so fun to look at! Quirky and Zany and Extravagant! This is such an excellent book! I want to read it again!! It makes me roll on the floor laughing! It makes me hungry!! I need to go eat something!

IMG_1191Go check this book out! And I’ll see you later!

Your ready for school friend
Rhythm
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39 thoughts on “Time to Get Back to Work!

  1. Good morning, Rhythm,
    It’s so wonderful to have you back. I had been missing you, really. But I’m glad you had a relaxing time. That book sounds like a good read. Oh, I believe I need to eat tons of encyclopedias so that I can finally, at my old age, get clever. πŸ˜‰
    Have a great time,
    Pit

  2. That book sounds hilarious, R. And YES – Pete does look a little like you. But I already know that you are MUCH better behaved at school. Meanwhile Mom is looking for an encyclopedia, so she can coax me to eat it and get all smart…. Wait. What??

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  3. What an awesome book, Rhythm! And what a great idea…I used to think if I slept with my school book underneath my pillow, somehow, by osmosis or something, the info would get into my brain. *sigh* It didn’t work that way, unfortunately. πŸ™‚ I will definitely get this book for my grandson!

    • Hahaha! Ms Kirkfield – that’s funny! My Mom Person falls asleep with her books all the time. I wonder if she’s soaking up all those words. Hmmmm. I think your grandson will surely like Pete!!!

  4. The dog on the cover does look like you! Wonderful to hear from you again and what a lovely book suggestion for back to school. Glad to hear that you and your human are having a good summer.

  5. Hmmm…Rhythm, it seems you’re as busy and distracted as I’ve been all year! I do hope you’re all doing well. It’s been a while since you’ve posted! Love the eyeglasses, btw. Good look for you πŸ˜‰

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