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Mr. Wolf's Class 1: The First Day of School
Contributor(s): Steinke, Aron Nels
ISBN: 1338047698     ISBN-13: 9781338047691
Publisher: Graphix
    OUR PRICE: $17.10  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: June 2018
Annotation: A debut entry in a humorous new graphic-novel series by the Eisner Award-winning co-creator of The Zoo Box introduces a class of fourth-graders who join new teacher Mr. Wolf for a year that begins with new friendships, a special show-and-tell item, a busy agenda and a sleepy disappearance. Simultaneous.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Teachers; Fiction.
Animals; Fiction.
Schools; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | New Experience
Dewey: 741.5/973
LCCN: bl2018115519
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 3-4, Age 8-9
Series: Mr. Wolf's Class
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 0.50" (1.20 lbs) 153 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
Aron Nels Steinke is the Eisner Award-winning coauthor (with Ariel Cohn) and illustrator of THE ZOO BOX. He’s a second- and third-grade teacher by day, and a cartoonist by night. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and son.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2018 Fall)
This graphic novel portrays the first day of school in a woodland town inhabited by anthropomorphized animals. The narrative follows new teacher Mr. Wolf's fourth-grade class and cheerfully depicts each character with care and depth. Internal dialogue and visual gags extend the story and provide levity. Soft-hued colors and loose, unpretentious lines focus attention on characters' expressions. Solid fills of background color emphasize moments of classroom action and child-friendly humor. Copyright 2018 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #4)
In this graphic novel, Eisner-winning cartoonist (for The Zoo Box) Steinke portrays the first day of school at Hazelwood Elementary, which sits in a woodland town inhabited by anthropomorphized animals. Mr. Wolf is a new fourth-grade teacher, and his soon-to-be students get their own introductory panels showing each one's last night of summer vacation. The subsequent narrative chronicles the class's first day together, with vignettes showcasing all of the day's ups (playing tag at recess, making a diagram of "Which do you like better--farts or ice cream?") and downs (a kid goes missing during library, the school's resident rats steal a lunch). The cheerful plot depicts each character with care and depth, and subplots involving the grownups offer insight into what happens with teachers behind the scenes. Internal dialogue (represented through thought bubbles) and visual gags (such as Mr. Wolf reading "Little Red Riding Hood") extend the story and provide levity. (In one scene, a speech bubble physically overwhelms a caregiver whose child talks his ear off about her day.) The soft-hued colors and loose, unpretentious lines focus attention on characters' expressions, and solid fills of background color emphasize moments of classroom action and child-friendly humor. elisa gall Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 April #3)

Readers of this congenial graphic novel by Eisner Award–winning Steinke (The Zoo Box) will settle right into Mr. Wolf's classroom as the new teacher and his animal students get to know each other. Steinke's panel artwork presents multiple points of view, juggling Mr. Wolf's anxiousness to have the first day go right with his student Penny's disappearance (kept up all night by her family's new baby, she falls asleep in a box in the library), the grouchy responses of Aziza (a duck who appears to be on the autism spectrum), and the fast friendship that grows between Sampson and Margaret as they sit together on the bus. The animals are drawn in clear lines and full color with just enough detail to make each one an individual. Classroom jargon adds to the genuine flavor ("Level-one voices in the hallway!" Mr. Wolf calls); all of it will be familiar to students of suburban American schools. Without big highs and lows—the only suspense is whether they'll find Penny or not—the story offers calming reading during spare moments waiting for practice to be over, or for the bus to come. Ages 7–10. Agent: Judith Hansen, Hansen Literary Management. (June)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 May)

Gr 2–5—Life in Mr. Wolf's fourth grade classroom is ever changing. Feeling pleased with himself one moment and on the verge of panic the next, Mr. Wolf maintains composure while keeping up with the schedule and dealing with one particularly alarming event. This first book in a new series, based on the author's webcomic, is funny and appealing. Steinke adds hilarity to typical classroom scenarios: rats run away with lunches, and a student asks, "Which do you like better—ice cream or farts?" Children will identify with the distinctly rendered, expressive students. The images are simple and easily understood. With basic dialogue, a soothing setting, and no more than six frames per page, this book is ideal for new chapter book readers and older struggling readers. VERDICT A popular pick for public and elementary schools. Kids will anxiously await the next funny adventure at Hazelwood Elementary.—Gaye Hinchliff, King County Library System, WA

Copyright 2018 School Library Journal.