Book Review: Katie Woo Rules the School

Katie Woo Rules the School is definitely a book for kids, but how could I resist checking out a book where the main character is Katie W?  I am Katie W too!

There are a few different stories about Katie in the book.

In Katie and the Class Pet – Katie gets to take home the class Guinea Pig for the weekend and you get to find out all the fun that they had and some trouble too!

In No More Teasing Katie is getting picked on by one of her classmates, Roddy.  She isn’t sure how to get him to stop and neither are her friends.  Then she gets and idea and decides to try it out to see if it works and gets Roddy to leave her alone!

In The Big Lie, Jake’s airplane goes missing after recess.  No one knows where it is, or do they?  Katie snagged the plane to play with it herself.  Does she continue the lie or give the plane back to her classmate?

In The Star of the Show – Katie doesn’t get the part in the play that she wants, she doesn’t get to be the princess instead she gets to be the worm. With some encouragement from her parents, she tries to be the most clever and crafty worm there is.  She ends up becoming the star of the show!

The book is 98 pages and every page has great illustrations. At the end of the book there are some crafts, which I thought was a nice touch. You can make a Guinea Pig of your own! And there is instructions for making finger puppets as well.

I think this book is great for younger kids, and definitely teaches some great lessons about school and how to treat and act around your classmates.  They would also be easy readers if your child is just learning to read and wants to read it on their own.

I received a free e-copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in order to write this review.

About the Book

Katie Woo is a spunky, sassy, and stylish schoolgirl that readers will fall in love with. These early chapter books are perfect for explaining life changes, family celebrations and growing up. Award-winning author Fran Manushkin outdoes herself with these fun, lighthearted stories.

  • Focused around school activities
  • 4 stories in 1 book
  • Katie Woo is an Asian American girl in first grade
  • Katie Woo has 24 individual titles published in this series

From the Katie Woo series. For ages 5-7.

Also from Katie Woo, publishing August 2012: Katie Woo and Friends (978-1-4048-7909-6).

Also available: Look At You, Katie Woo (978-1-4048-6596-9), and 24 individual titles published in the series.

 

About the Author

Fran Manushkin is the author of many popular picture books, including How Mama Brought the SpringBaby, Come Out!Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story; and The Tushy Book. There is a real Katie Woo – she’s Fran’s great-niece – but she never gets in half the trouble of the Katie Woo in the books.  Fran writes on her beloved Mac computer in New York City, without the help of her two naughty cats, Miss Chippie and Goldy.

About the Illustrator

Tammie Lyon began her love for drawing at a young age while sitting at the kitchen table with her dad. She continued her love of art and eventually attended the Columbus College of Art and Design, where she earned a bachelors degree in fine art. After a brief career as a professional ballet dancer, she decided to devote herself full time to illustration. Today she lives with her husband, Lee, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her dogs, Gus and Dudley, keep her company as she works in her studio.

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