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Author: Mary Ann Fraser

Illustrator: Mary Ann Fraser

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Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers,

Material: hard cover

Summary: IQ is a mouse. He lives in a classroom. In Mrs. Furber's class, when you are student of the week, your activities displayed for the class to admire. IQ wants to be chosen too, so he makes sure to do all the monthly activities the children do. He even learns how to read some small words. In the end, Mrs. Furber highlights all the work he has done all year and IQ is finally part of the class. This picture book offers insight into classroom dynamics, particularly for kids who have pre-school jitters.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 7; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Reading Level: 3.7

Age of Child: Read with a 6 year old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked this book because the cover looked inviting. She liked that the mouse got to do things the children got to do but in his own way. She liked how they showed how fun school can be. We read this several times.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the illustrations showing the activities that are part of being in school; from making valentines to learning to read, the book makes the activities look fun. I thought she might be bored with it since it really just shows what goes on in kindergarten but she liked the way the mouse got to join in and help.

Pros: This humorous story is a good way to introduce children to what a normal school year might look like. It covers everything from the various types of activities to the length of the school year.

Cons: It is not really believable that a mouse would be able to do all he does but for the younger children it is still enjoyable.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. Whether for your home library or the community library, this is a good book for parents to use when introducing their child to what school might be like.


Educational Themes: This is a book you can share as an entire story or break into little pieces to talk about what happens. In addition to the academic learning, you can talk about waiting your turn and how to behave in a classroom.

Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. She borrowed the book from the local library.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, school

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2010

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