by Lynne Rae Perkins
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
This picture book isn’t so much a story as it is an amusing way of explaining different school subjects through a dog’s antics (they learn about fractions through how much of the bed Lucky takes up at night, they learn about science through picking burrs and ticks off Lucky, etc). It’s very charming and the parts told from Lucky’s (the dog) perspective are very dog-like and funny. Grownups will appreciate some of the jokes more than kids but they’ll all like it. This would be best as a one-on-one readaloud with a slightly older child who has been to school, maybe a 2nd-grader. The humor reminds me a little bit of the Otter books by Sam Garton (whose new Otter book just came out, incidentally: Otter Goes to School – I can’t wait to read it!).