A young boy is up first and ready to get his day going. By the time he gets home from school and gets dinner, he is tired. Now he's the first to bed.
I read this book a couple of times thinking maybe I was missing something, but each time came away with "meh." The story is essentially a list of all the things the boy did ... and did first. Frankly, the repetition of "first" got to be annoying and while probably unintentional, left me thinking the boy is bratty. The illustrations, while simple, don't add any emotion to the activity. In fact, even on pages where the text suggests the boy is having fun, he is wearing a frown.
There are other, more engaging day-in-the-life stories for toddlers and preschoolers.
Toddlers will easily see themselves as they watch a young boy move through his day.
Nearly everything the boy does begins with "he is the first to ..." which gets annoying. Additionally, although his parents are depicted, there isn't any real attachment to them. There is no "tucking in" or kiss on the head at the end when he falls asleep.
This is a picture book about the ups and downs of a boy's day.
From sun up to bedtime, we see a boy going about his day. The story is straightforward but has the kind of "literal" reality that young readers understand. Ask your child to find pages with things they like to do (slide, cartwheel, eat), then ask why they like that. You might also consider letting them read the book just based on the illustrations. What story would they tell?
7 and Up
3 to 8
If you are reading with a toddler or young preschooler, borrow. Otherwise, skip.