Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
From bestselling author Ame Dyckman and illustrator Eda Kaban, The New Kid Has Fleas is a hilarious picture book about a new kid in school who appears to have been raised by wolves.
There’s a new kid in class, and they’re . . . different.
They dress different. Talk different. Eat different.
And the word on the playground is: they have fleas.
But, one of their classmates wonders, what if we got to know the new kid? Visited their home (wolves’ den)? Met their parents (wolves)? Shared a snack (squirrels)?
Maybe then the new kid wouldn’t be so bad after all.
School’s in session for a howlingly fun “lesson” in preconceptions, differences, rumors, karma, and not just being the new kid, but befriending them.
About: The New Kid Has Fleas is a picture book written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Eda Kaban. It was recently published on 6/15/2021 by Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 40 pages. The genres are picture book, social themes, and children’s fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 3 to 6. According to the publisher’s website, “Roaring Brook Press is a publisher of high-quality literature for young readers of all ages, from toddler to teen, and in all categories: picture books, fiction, and nonfiction.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The New Kid Has Fleas for my daughter on 7/2/2021 and we finished it in one sitting. We read it again on 7/12/2021 at bedtime. It’s a cool book for every kid who has ever been a new student at a new school. I know I have and it’s never fun. The new kid in this story was different as she can be and she received all of the stares and bad mouthing from existing students as she can get. Good thing the boy, although scared by his classmate’s mean comments, he went to her house with an open mind and embraced her differences. I loved this book. The new girl being different continued to be herself and the boy accepted her for being herself. Often we tried to fit in and do what everyone else do but the new girl didn’t change herself to do something she was not comfortable with. She showed the boy her family for all of its glory.
This book followed a boy, a student already attended the school. He’s not sure about the incoming of the New Kid. He recalled how his parents told him that it’s rude to stare but he just couldn’t help himself. He stared at her in class, gym, music, and at lunch. A fellow classmate, Molly told everyone that the New Kid has fleas. The boy didn’t know if that claim was true and he didn’t question it. When his teacher informed that there will be a science project, the boy hoped that he wouldn’t be paired with the New Kid but his hope was crushed. He went to her house after school with her to work on the project together and he was very nervous about it. After he met the New Kid’s family, he decided she was actually funny and smart. He was excited to work on another project with her.
The New Kid Has Fleas was well written and illustrated. I loved the boy’s open mouth stares. My daughter loved the playground pages because she recognized swings and jump rope. The New Kid’s house reminded me of The Jungle Book. The playful animals were cute. I absolutely loved what happened with Molly in the end. Loved the diversity with the illustrated students in this book. The cover of the book was great and the students’ expressions were priceless. I had my son read this book and he loved it too. It’s a book for everyone and I highly recommend everyone to read it!
I rate it 5 stars!
Tag Lines: humor, illustrations, new student, new school, new friends, animals
About the Author and Illustrator:
Ame Dyckman is a New York Times bestselling, award-winning, internationally-translated children’s author. Her books include Wolfie the Bunny, You Don’t Want a Unicorn!, You Don’t Want a Dragon!, and many others. Ame lives in New Jersey with her family, her crazy cat, crazier squirrels, and the characters from her books. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
Eda Kaban has illustrated many popular books for children, including Pirates Don’t Go to Kindergarten and Even Superheroes Have Bad Days. Born and raised in Turkey, Eda now lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, small son, and two Siamese cats. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to MacKidsBooks for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.