Kids Book Review:Bailey

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Scholastic Canada
Age 3-5, 5-8
32 Pages
by Harry Bliss

Synopsis from Scholastic Canada:

Follow Bailey the dog as he gets ready and goes to school. Should he wear the red or blue collar? Both are so fashionable! Will he be late? That squirrel is a distraction! And what about Bailey’s homework? Would you believe he ate it? That is what dogs do, after all. In this funny new book from the bestselling children’s illustrator Harry Bliss, school proves to be an unexpected place for Bailey to do all sorts of things he loves: reading, fetching, painting, digging, singing—and making friends!

For many kids, school brings with it a whole new routine and schedule, different from at home. In Baily, kids will get a peek at some of the typical tasks and people kids will encounter when going to school: riding the school bus, visiting the nurse, eating lucnh, playing at recess. This helps prepare both new and returning kids for the busy day that lays ahead at school.

I think having the main character as a dog versus a child adds a fun twist to talking about what could be a dry topic, a typical day at school. The tongue-in-cheek elements in the story are fun for parents reading too (such as Bailey eating his homework).

You can add Bailey to your personal library by visiting your local book store or visiting Scholastic Canada . Visit our Kid’s Books section for other great book recommendations. What are you reading with your kids?

I have to thank Nikole at Random House for my review copy.

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