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Harry Versus the First 100 Days of School



by
Emily Jenkins
illustrated by
Pete Oswald

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
Penguin Random House
Imprint
Schwartz & Wade
ISBN
9780525644729
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In just one hundred days, Harry will learn how to overcome first-day jitters, what a “family circle” is, why guinea pigs aren’t scary after all, what a silent “e” is about, how to count to 100 in tons of different ways, and much more. He’ll make great friends, celebrate lots of holidays, and learn how to use his words. In other words, he will become an expert first grader.

Made up of one hundred short chapters and accompanied by tons of energetic illustrations from bestselling illustrator of The Good Egg and The Bad Seed, this is a chapter book all first graders will relate to—one that captures all the joys and sorrows of the first hundred days of school.Author’s note. Full-color illustrations were rendered digitally with scanned watercolor textures. 

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

256

Trim Size

8" x 6"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2021

Book Genres

Early Chapter Book, Chapter Book

Topics

Schools. Friendship. Family life. First day of school. Hundredth day of school.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

School Library Journal

School Library Journal

Six-year-old Harry Bergen-Murphy is endearing, earnest, and anxious. He lives in Brooklyn with his single mother and attends the public school just a few blocks away with his older sister, Charlotte. Harry is about to start first grade and he’s worried about mean kids, teachers who yell, and scary guinea pigs. Short chapters perfectly portray the first 100 days of his first grade year with all its glorious ups and downs, from where to sit at lunch to tackling the tricky silent “e” to what 100 items he will share on the hundredth day of school. Jenkins depicts first grade dialogue and dynamics with honesty and affection. The full-color, cartoonish art depicts a variety of classroom and neighborhood scenes that reflect the diversity of the characters. This appealing chapter book is a terrific addition to any 100-day narrative collection. It is perfectly tailored for a read-aloud and is bound to be a favorite.

Horn Book

Harry Bergen-Murphy is worried about a lot of things on the night before starting first grade—getting lost, mean kids, and “scary classroom guinea pigs,” among others. Fortunately, he has a deft teacher in Ms. Peek-Schnitzel, who assigns him the task of sharpening pencils as the other children arrive—the activity and knowing that “he is the special person who gets to do the pencils” distract him from his worries. Jenkins structures the book using the first hundred days of school; by day four, Harry, now the confident one, can distract his friend Mason when he’s upset. The entire book is solidly grounded in the slice-of-life details of first grade, with the wall of sight words and “sparkly words,” the science unit on apples, and activities like making family circle charts (instead of family trees). Jenkins shows everything through Harry’s perspective, as when he names the other children at his table: “Wyatt, a boy with a loud voice. Abigail from kindergarten, who looks down at her hands a lot. Kimani, a girl who prints very neatly. And Diamond, a girl with a big laugh.” Harry is believably imperfect in a Ramona-like way, as he squabbles with other kids, gets mad at his teacher, and gradually begins to better understand people and their feelings. Though long for an early chapter book, the book’s large print, plentiful white space, short sentences with simple words, and very engaging characters will make new readers want to tackle it. Oswald’s lively color pictures sprinkled throughout the book also add to its accessibility and show a diverse group of kids. It’s funny, authentic, and insightful, with an appended author’s note providing details about some of the many children’s book references Jenkins has worked in. SUSAN DOVE LEMPKE

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Six-year-old Harry Bergen-Murphy is endearing, earnest, and anxious. He lives in Brooklyn with his single mother and attends the public school just a few blocks away with his older sister, Charlotte. Harry is about to start first grade and he’s worried about mean kids, teachers who yell, and scary guinea pigs. Short chapters perfectly portray the first 100 days of his first grade year with all its glorious ups and downs, from where to sit at lunch to tackling the tricky silent “e” to what 100 items he will share on the hundredth day of school. Jenkins depicts first grade dialogue and dynamics with honesty and affection. The full-color, cartoonish art depicts a variety of classroom and neighborhood scenes that reflect the diversity of the characters. This appealing chapter book is a terrific addition to any 100-day narrative collection. It is perfectly tailored for a read-aloud and is bound to be a favorite.

Horn Book

Harry Bergen-Murphy is worried about a lot of things on the night before starting first grade—getting lost, mean kids, and “scary classroom guinea pigs,” among others. Fortunately, he has a deft teacher in Ms. Peek-Schnitzel, who assigns him the task of sharpening pencils as the other children arrive—the activity and knowing that “he is the special person who gets to do the pencils” distract him from his worries. Jenkins structures the book using the first hundred days of school; by day four, Harry, now the confident one, can distract his friend Mason when he’s upset. The entire book is solidly grounded in the slice-of-life details of first grade, with the wall of sight words and “sparkly words,” the science unit on apples, and activities like making family circle charts (instead of family trees). Jenkins shows everything through Harry’s perspective, as when he names the other children at his table: “Wyatt, a boy with a loud voice. Abigail from kindergarten, who looks down at her hands a lot. Kimani, a girl who prints very neatly. And Diamond, a girl with a big laugh.” Harry is believably imperfect in a Ramona-like way, as he squabbles with other kids, gets mad at his teacher, and gradually begins to better understand people and their feelings. Though long for an early chapter book, the book’s large print, plentiful white space, short sentences with simple words, and very engaging characters will make new readers want to tackle it. Oswald’s lively color pictures sprinkled throughout the book also add to its accessibility and show a diverse group of kids. It’s funny, authentic, and insightful, with an appended author’s note providing details about some of the many children’s book references Jenkins has worked in. SUSAN DOVE LEMPKE

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