June 3, 2017

Book Review: Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg

Last Day Blues

by Julie Danneberg
illustrated by Judy Love

Genre: Children's Picture Book (ages 5-8)
Publisher: Charlesbridge
Page Count: 32 pages
Published: February 1, 2006
Purchase Links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Note: Written at a child's reading level, but definitely aimed at teachers as a great end-of-year present. The book is part of a series featuring Mrs. Hartwell (check out First Day Jitters).

Official Book Summary:

It's the last week of school, and Mrs. Hartwell's class is excited to leave for summer vacation. The only problem is that the kids don't want their teacher to miss them while they're gone. Once again Julie Danneberg and Judy Love bring to life the crazy antics of Mrs. Hartwell and her class and show that teachers and students are more alike than different.


          "I don't know whether to be happy or sad today," Andy said the minute they all arrived at the jungle gym.
          "Mrs. Hartwell is sad," said Olivia. "She probably doesn't want the year to end."
          "While we're swimming, she'll be reading her old lesson plans," said Walker.
          "And while we're playing, she'll be trying to remember the fun times we had this year," said Dan. 

My Review:

Elementary students think their teachers will be sad to see the school year end and believe they'll spend their summer breaks rereading lesson plans and missing the daily work grind. Once the students leave, however, the teachers party. The clever picture book is written by a teacher and illustrated by Judy Love who also illustrated First Day Jitters. The pictures are fantastic and for some reason reminded me of Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus. 

If you like this, try...

First Day Jitters, Miss Nelson is Missing, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Wonder, The View from Saturday, Frindle

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