School's out for the summer, but for some, thoughts are already turning to the start of September when they will be going to school for the first time or starting at a new school. It's one of the big milestone moments in a child's life and can be a source of great stress and apprehension. My Stinky New School is a lovely book with lovely vibrantly-coloured illustrations to help put little worry-worts' minds at rest.
Toby is about to start at a new school and he's not looking forward to it one bit - it looks very formidable (in his mind anyway) and stinks of horrible things like pigeon poop and ogres' armpits !
It's nothing like the schools his little sister and brother go to that smell of rainbows, chocolate, bananas and sunshine. It was interesting to compare the two pictures and see the contrast between light/dark, happy/scary, lots of people/all alone. Pierre also loved pointing out the things in the pictures as I read the words ... pigeon poop got an especially big giggle !
Toby's first day isn't as bad as he expects. He's sad that he can't find any new friends - only spacemen, pirates and mermaids to play with in the school playground - until his mum comes to pick him up and points out that they are all his new friends after all.
It's a fun and reassuring book to share with any child who is slightly apprenhensive about the new school year awaiting them at the end of the holidays. It's a great way of getting children to open up about the way they are feeling and share any doubts and fears that they may have by relating to Toby.
star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : £9.99
Disclosure : We received the book in order to write an honest review.