Take Your Pet to School Day OUT July 2nd 2019

Wouldn’t it be fun to bring your pet to school? Now imagine if EVERYONE brought their pet to school! That’s exactly what happens in this hilarious picture book–and it gets pretty wild! A lighthearted way to tackle classroom etiquette with new students.

When pets show up with their kids at Maple View Elementary, it’s total chaos! These animals have no respect for school rules, and every class quickly gets out of hand. But why did they show up in the first place? Who said they could come? Could it have been…the pets themselves? It turns out they just wanted in on the fun! Now, if they want to stay, they’ll just have to behave….

Linda Ashman’s bouncy, rhyming text lends itself perfectly to an exuberant classroom read-aloud, and Suzanne Kaufman’s playful art is full of hilarious details. A great way to generate enthusiasm for school, this book will easily find a place in pet lovers’ hearts.


In this zany story, a school is overrun with a wide variety of wild pets, but who sent the letter—seen on the first page—saying that, for just one day, it’s OK for students to bring their pets to school? Cats, dogs, a frog, a horse, a snake, a porcupine, parrot, pig, rabbit, goat, goldfish, and more unload from the school bus (the bus driver’s stunned look says it all) into the schoolyard and the school. They go on to accompany their children from morning song to story time to art class to snack time, creating chaos, messes, and noise wherever they go. The sunny illustrations and rhyming text, along with the changes of scene throughout the school day, will propel readers through the book. The secret plot of letting pets into school is uncovered as we see the shadows of animal ears hovering over the school’s computer, where another letter is being typed. Funny and imaginative from start to finish.

— Connie Fletcher

Link to wonderful Review by Kirkus

Link to fantastic Review by Booklist