Kid Lit Review of “Marco Goes To School” by Roz Chast

cvr9781416984757_9781416984757_lg

This is the hilarious and adorable story of Marco the bird, who was bored, so his mom sent him to school.

Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 8.35.57 AM

Marco gets inspired at school, but not by what the teacher is saying; rather, a toy astronomer on the shelf causes him to dream about going to the moon. In the process of trying to reach it using building blocks, he makes friends with the other kids, even though he doesn’t get to the moon.

Discussion: I was kind of astounded at the lack of review-love for this book, which stems mostly, it seems, from two reasons: (1) Marco is the only non-human and no one seems to notice; and (2) the story doesn’t convey a more resounding endorsement of the virtues of paying attention to the teacher in school. As to the first point, I think that many kids go to school feeling like the only alien in a place where everyone else knows how to act and how to make friends. And as to the second, well, it actually happens in real life that kids can’t concentrate and/or prefer to daydream rather than to pay attention.

Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 8.36.10 AM

Must we show kids only prescriptive primers? Besides, if you’re looking for positive message, how about the one that no matter how different you feel or look, it’s possible to make friends in school!

Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 8.35.11 AM

Chast (who is the staff cartoonist for the New Yorker Magazine as well as a popular author and illustrator), renders her watercolors in an entertaining and funny way, as always.

Evaluation: I think many young kids will relate to this story. I found it delightful.

Rating: 4/5

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, 2012

Advertisements

About rhapsodyinbooks

We're into reading, politics, and intellectual exchanges.
This entry was posted in Book Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Kid Lit Review of “Marco Goes To School” by Roz Chast

  1. BermudaOnion says:

    I think you’re right – many kids feel different from everyone else. This looks and sounds adorable.

  2. Beth F says:

    Wow. This book looks a great one to read to / with kids who are nervous about starting school.

  3. Aww! I love Roz Chast, and I didn’t know she did kids’ books. Will have to let my mother know about this one so that she can shower the little people in her life with copies of it. 😀

  4. stacybuckeye says:

    Just requested it from the library!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s