Harry Versus the First 100 Days of School
Harry Versus the First 100 Days of School
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Annotation: An acclaimed author and a #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator team up to bring us a funny, warm, and utterly winni... more
Catalog Number: #206962
Format: Library Binding
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Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 240
Availability: Pre-Order Now (Available: 06/29/21)
ISBN: 0-525-64472-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-525-64472-9
Dewey: Fic
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
The first 100 days of school are a really big deal.Harry Bergen-Murphy, age 5, is starting first grade but doesn’t feel ready. As described in “Day 1” (chapters contain multiple days, each labeled), Mommy and Charlotte, Harry’s older sister, help him face “big-kid school” on his first day. Details of the subsequent 99 days are incorporated, journal-style, into the novel’s 19 chapters and narrated in third person, present tense, providing a nice sense of immediacy. As the days proceed, Harry makes friends (and becomes a great one himself); figures out silent “E” and aces sight words; creates pompom monsters; articulates uncomfortable emotions; overcomes a fear of guinea pigs; devises an ingenious way to bring 100 items to the 100th-day celebration; and much more. Abetted by loving family, kind teachers, and close friends, Harry blossoms into one terrific kid. Readers will love joining him on this realistic, comical, heartwarming journey. Frequent references to puke and boogers enhance the humor in this captivating tale, written with keen awareness for the way kids speak, think, and behave. Oswald’s full-color illustrations depict Harry and family as white; Harry’s best friend has brown skin. Other adults and classmates appear with diverse skin tones, hair styles, and hair colors. A female crossing guard wears a hijab; some characters wear glasses.A celebration of the first 100 days starring a boy brimming with personality. (author’s note) (Fiction. 5-8)
Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
The first 100 days of school are a really big deal.Harry Bergen-Murphy, age 5, is starting first grade but doesn’t feel ready. As described in “Day 1” (chapters contain multiple days, each labeled), Mommy and Charlotte, Harry’s older sister, help him face “big-kid school” on his first day. Details of the subsequent 99 days are incorporated, journal-style, into the novel’s 19 chapters and narrated in third person, present tense, providing a nice sense of immediacy. As the days proceed, Harry makes friends (and becomes a great one himself); figures out silent “E” and aces sight words; creates pompom monsters; articulates uncomfortable emotions; overcomes a fear of guinea pigs; devises an ingenious way to bring 100 items to the 100th-day celebration; and much more. Abetted by loving family, kind teachers, and close friends, Harry blossoms into one terrific kid. Readers will love joining him on this realistic, comical, heartwarming journey. Frequent references to puke and boogers enhance the humor in this captivating tale, written with keen awareness for the way kids speak, think, and behave. Oswald’s full-color illustrations depict Harry and family as white; Harry’s best friend has brown skin. Other adults and classmates appear with diverse skin tones, hair styles, and hair colors. A female crossing guard wears a hijab; some characters wear glasses.A celebration of the first 100 days starring a boy brimming with personality. (author’s note) (Fiction. 5-8)
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Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3

An acclaimed author and a #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator team up to bring us a funny, warm, and utterly winning chapter book that follows, day by day, the first hundred days in one first grader's classroom.

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.


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