Bartholomew Botts loves animals ... and he doesn't want to leave home without one. On the first day of school, he packed Ferdinand, because he is a new pet. On Tuesday, he didn't want Sigfried to get lonely. Then there was Horace ... who fit perfectly in Bartholomew's pocket. Unfortunately, while Bartholomew loved bringing his pets loved school, Mr. Patanoose was not a fan. When Mr. Patanoose said no more reptiles, amphibians, rodents, cats, dogs, or fish at school, Bartholomew agreed.
A fun read! Although it will most popular at the start of the school year, Bartholomew is a character kids will love to reconnect with any time of year. The illustrations give readers plenty to look at, which means they will likely pick up and explore, even if you aren't reading the story.
Bartholomew is an every-boy that readers (including girls!) will love. The illustrations offer lots to explore and even more laughter!
Humor and adventure fill this story about a young boy's first week at school.
For kids who are struggling with separation and/or going to school, this is a great story to get that conversation started. There are some other unstated themes, as well. Responsibility (caring for your room and your pets); school rules; and even asking permission.
8 and Up
4 to 8
Buy. You'll be reading this one a lot. It has great potential for easing first-day-of-school jitters.