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Rufus Goes to School

Kim Griswell, illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev [9781454904168]

Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Published: August 2013
Age range: from 3 to 6
32 pages
ISBN: 1-4549-0416-X
ISBN13: 9781454904168
$14.95 US
$16.95 Canadian
Hardcover with Jacket
all in color
10 X 10
Carton Quantity: 24
Territory: World

All Rufus Leroy Williams III wants is to go to school so he can learn to read his favorite book. But there's one problem: he's a pig and Principal Lipid says: “NO PIGS IN SCHOOL!” Rufus even gets a backpack, a lunchbox, and a blanket to prove he's ready. But Mr. Lipid won't budge. Is there ANYTHING Rufus can do to change his mind? Kim Griswell and illustrator Valeri Gorbachev have created a love letter to reading that's also a charming, original, and child-friendly first-day-of-school story.

Kim T. Griswell is a developmental editor for Uncle John's Bathroom Readers and the former coordinating editor of Highlights for Kids. She continues to help develop and teach writers' workshops with the Highlights Foundation; has taught with the Institute for Children's Literature; and has published more than 200 short stories, articles, and columns. Her children's book, Carnivorous Plants, was published by Kidhaven Press. She lives in Ashland, OR. Learn more about Kim at her website, kimgriswell.com.
Valeri Gorbachev emigrated from his native Ukraine to the US in 1991, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. He has written and/or illustrated more than 50 children's books, including Turtle's Penguin Day and The Giant Hug by Sandra Horning (both Knopf).

“. . . this is a pure porcine pleasure.” —Booklist
"A warm, gently humorous story for kids who are looking to school with anticipation, not trepidation." —Publishers Weekly
"...so charming it could be enjoyed at any time of year . . . Griswell's storytelling has just the right amount of repetition and predictability, like a catchy song . . .  And Gorbachev's pen, ink and watercolor pictures are timelessly appealing: richly colored, with soft, sketchy lines and funny details. Though this Ukrainian-born illustrator's style is his own, it brings to mind Garth Williams, David McPhail and Maurice Sendak." —New York Times

"With lively illustrations and a determined, endearing protagonist, this is a perfect pick for back-to-school programs. Children will love this intrepid pink hero.” —School Library Journal