If I Built a School
In this exuberant companion to If I Built a Car, a boy fantasizes about his dream school--from classroom to cafeteria to library to playground.My school will amaze you. My school will astound.By far the most fabulous school to be found!Perfectly planned and impeccably clean.On a scale, 1 to 10, it's more like 15!And learning is fun in a place that's fun, too.If Jack built a school, there would be hover desks and pop-up textbooks, skydiving wind tunnels and a trampoline basketball court in the gym, a robo-chef to serve lunch in the cafeteria, field trips to Mars, and a whole lot more. The inventive boy who described his ideal car and house in previous books is dreaming even bigger this time.

If I Built a School Details

TitleIf I Built a School
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 13th, 2019
PublisherDial Books
ISBN-139780525552918
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Academic, School, Fiction

If I Built a School Review

  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    If I Built A School is Chris Van Dusen’s third If I Built... picture book. Brilliantly coloured spreads full of wonderful imaginings provide the perfect leaping off point to spark children’s own creativity. If I Built A School is more like If I Built a fun park. From glass tube travel ports and spaceships to holograms and water slides, Jack’s school design is wild and heaps of fun.While the inclusions in Jack’s school are perhaps not exactly surprising, it is the leap of creativity and the passi If I Built A School is Chris Van Dusen’s third If I Built... picture book. Brilliantly coloured spreads full of wonderful imaginings provide the perfect leaping off point to spark children’s own creativity. If I Built A School is more like If I Built a fun park. From glass tube travel ports and spaceships to holograms and water slides, Jack’s school design is wild and heaps of fun.While the inclusions in Jack’s school are perhaps not exactly surprising, it is the leap of creativity and the passing of design over to the child that I really like. As Jack tours his teacher around the school, introducing her to his plans and reasoning behind them, even sometimes admitting that he doesn’t yet have all the details on how something might actually work, it is the creativity that is passed into his hands and his teacher’s looks of wonder that I most appreciate (especially her considered look at the existing brick school box at the close of the book). There is so much that one could do with children after reading this book. Having children design their own school is just one simple activity. Working with DIY holograms is an easy tech-related activity, while in-depth discussion, for example, about Jack’s decision to have animals sequestered into small enclosures just inside the entrance of his school could spark much-needed conversation about the relationship between animals and humans.The book rhymes gloriously. It’s a lot of fun to read aloud. Every two lines rhyme and they are grouped into four or six lines per page.If I Built A School will be a fun addition to any school library or child’s personal bookshelf - perfect for sparking conversations about design and for igniting young readers’ creativity. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    I discovered the series this book is a part of this summer and I fell in love with it. Not only do I adore Van Dusen's bright, entertaining illustrations, but his rhyming is first rate. In this book, Jack tells his teacher all about the school he would build if he was in charge. He demonstrates a first rate imagination as he details the zoo, glass tubes and pods for transportation, classroom towers, and stylus's that write in the air. He can't explain how everything works but he with the faith o I discovered the series this book is a part of this summer and I fell in love with it. Not only do I adore Van Dusen's bright, entertaining illustrations, but his rhyming is first rate. In this book, Jack tells his teacher all about the school he would build if he was in charge. He demonstrates a first rate imagination as he details the zoo, glass tubes and pods for transportation, classroom towers, and stylus's that write in the air. He can't explain how everything works but he with the faith of a child he's positive his school would be great. The rhyming makes for a great read aloud and the bright illustrations and clever ideas make this a delightful book to share. The book could even be used to encourage students to design their own schools.
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  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    I imagine there would be 100% attendance at a school like this.
  • Margie
    January 1, 1970
    Even seasoned students, teachers and parents will attest to feeling partly excited and partly anxious about the first day of school in any given year. For those gals and guys attending for the first time, every emotion is super-charged. They are going from the familiar to the unknown. This might not only be their first day at school, but they might be living in a completely new community with no chance of seeing any friends.Upon their arrival we welcome all of them equally. We create a classroom Even seasoned students, teachers and parents will attest to feeling partly excited and partly anxious about the first day of school in any given year. For those gals and guys attending for the first time, every emotion is super-charged. They are going from the familiar to the unknown. This might not only be their first day at school, but they might be living in a completely new community with no chance of seeing any friends.Upon their arrival we welcome all of them equally. We create a classroom community of mutual respect, compassion and support. We learn to laugh together with abandon for this is the song which soothes souls. Two recent book releases are fine, fine selections in creating an atmosphere of mutual joy and boosting creativity. The second book is a companion title to two previous inventive publications, If I Built a Car and If I Built a House. If I Built a School (Dial Books For Young Readers, August 13, 2019) written and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen takes imagining the ideal space for learning to new heights. Teachers, gals and guys will flock to this school 365 days a year and adults will want to start their education all over again.My full recommendation: https://librariansquest.blogspot.com/...
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  • Ben Truong
    January 1, 1970
    If I Built a School is the third book in the children's picture book series If I Built..., written and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, which follows an imaginative boy named Jack who wants to design his ideal school.The text is rather simplistic, straightforward, and lyrical. Written in rhyming couplets, the narrative tells the school that a little would like to create. The illustrations are colorful, sleek, and shiny, reinforcing the 1950s suburbia ambiance and the narrative.The premise of the If I Built a School is the third book in the children's picture book series If I Built..., written and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, which follows an imaginative boy named Jack who wants to design his ideal school.The text is rather simplistic, straightforward, and lyrical. Written in rhyming couplets, the narrative tells the school that a little would like to create. The illustrations are colorful, sleek, and shiny, reinforcing the 1950s suburbia ambiance and the narrative.The premise of the book is rather straightforward. Jack returns once more and outlines his perfect school with a shiny, bright, futuristic facility in which students are swept to open-roofed classes in clear tubes, there are no tests but lots of field trips, and art, music, and science are afterthoughts next to the huge and awesome gym, playground, and lunchroom. A robot and lots of cute puppies greet students at the door, robotically made-to-order lunches and the library's books are all animated popups rather than the everyday regular sorts.All in all, If I Built a School is a wonderful book about a little boy and his boundless imagination in creating the perfect school.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    It’s no secret that we LOVE Chris Van Dusen around here! In fact, we love him so much that I pre-ordered If I Built a School the day I heard it was being published, and I try really, really hard not to buy books until I’ve seen them in person. But, I believed it wouldn’t disappoint, and I was right!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Our copy of If I Built a School arrived yesterday, and we’ve read it at least 11 times already. We read it twice just this morning over breakfast, and followed it with If I Built a House just It’s no secret that we LOVE Chris Van Dusen around here! In fact, we love him so much that I pre-ordered If I Built a School the day I heard it was being published, and I try really, really hard not to buy books until I’ve seen them in person. But, I believed it wouldn’t disappoint, and I was right!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Our copy of If I Built a School arrived yesterday, and we’ve read it at least 11 times already. We read it twice just this morning over breakfast, and followed it with If I Built a House just to round it out. The girls then asked for big pieces of paper to design their own schools and houses, so I happily obliged!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀In typical Chris Van Dusen fashion, If I Built a School is terrifically written to read aloud. The rhythm and rhyme are perfect, and just like the other two books in his “If I Built…” series (house and car), they’re full of imagination and fun.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀And yes, Mr. Magee and his little dog Dee are hiding in these illustrations… My younger was the first to spot them!
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  • Abby Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Chris Van Dusen's If I Built a Car is one of my go-to school age readalouds and this one will be just as big a hit. Told in a bouncy rhyming text, a boy describes all the fantastical and amazing things he's include if he was building the school (and money and reality was no object). Puppies and zoo animals would greet you at the door, the students would have moveable hover desks, every library book would come to life when you opened it, you'd race on submersible bikes in the school's pool... It' Chris Van Dusen's If I Built a Car is one of my go-to school age readalouds and this one will be just as big a hit. Told in a bouncy rhyming text, a boy describes all the fantastical and amazing things he's include if he was building the school (and money and reality was no object). Puppies and zoo animals would greet you at the door, the students would have moveable hover desks, every library book would come to life when you opened it, you'd race on submersible bikes in the school's pool... It's all great fun and will get students' imaginations going. These books are great discussion starters for imagining what amazing things kids would add to their school if it was up to them.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Van Dusen's predictable rhyming style and recognizable illustrations are back again in this back-to-school tome. Young Jack is swinging on the swings when he tells Ms. Jane (the teacher) that the school lacks pizazz and proceeds to explain the school he would design. Jack's school would include everything from a zoo to hologram history classes. Jack definitely knows how to design schools!A cute rhyming story suggested for lap reading or group. I personally find this kind of rhythmic rhyming text Van Dusen's predictable rhyming style and recognizable illustrations are back again in this back-to-school tome. Young Jack is swinging on the swings when he tells Ms. Jane (the teacher) that the school lacks pizazz and proceeds to explain the school he would design. Jack's school would include everything from a zoo to hologram history classes. Jack definitely knows how to design schools!A cute rhyming story suggested for lap reading or group. I personally find this kind of rhythmic rhyming text to be difficult to read in storytime.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Chris Van Dusen’s school is surely one that students and teachers would never want to leave! I can imagine when the bell at the end of day would ring, they would all look at each other, shrug their shoulders, and continue on in this amazing atmosphere of learning. For some reason while reading this book, I could hear the Jetsons’ theme song and whizzing by of space craft in the distance. Absolutely delightful and one to quickly insert into your “beginning of the year” reads to students. Also, re Chris Van Dusen’s school is surely one that students and teachers would never want to leave! I can imagine when the bell at the end of day would ring, they would all look at each other, shrug their shoulders, and continue on in this amazing atmosphere of learning. For some reason while reading this book, I could hear the Jetsons’ theme song and whizzing by of space craft in the distance. Absolutely delightful and one to quickly insert into your “beginning of the year” reads to students. Also, remind students that Chris illustrated their beloved Mercy Watson series too.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    A young boy uses his imagination to create his version of the best school. From the puppies that greet students when they arrive to the hover desks in the classrooms, the action doesn't stop.Use to start the year and talk about their ideas for schools.Great segue to decorate their shelf markers for library - create an area in their perfect school.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    “My school will amaze you. My school will astound. By far the most fabulous school to be found!”Zoo animals, robot chefs, hover desks, holograms and skydiving wind tunnels are just some of the features that a boy tells his teacher he would have if he designed the school.Delightfully detailed illustrations and a nice rhyming cadence will make this a fun read aloud.
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  • Jade
    January 1, 1970
    We love this book! I bought for my daughter who just started kindergarten. I wanted her to imagine her version of school. She loves it. The pictures are so beautiful and it is not to short and not to long.
  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great book! The illustrations and the ideas put forth toward what kind of school the boy wants to build is so imaginative and amazing. They are so creative and full of color and awesomeness.
  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    I am late to this party ... I haven’t seen the other ones. But SO MUCH fun! Did I see it was going to be a tv series or a movie or something? 🤔Anyway. So many STEM tie ins I don’t even know where to start.
  • Brittany Baker
    January 1, 1970
    The illustrations are the star of this book. They are dynamic, uplifting and thoughtful, with beautiful swooping lines and wonderful details. Young people will enjoy flipping through this book on their own, and its fun, rhyming text will also make it a pleasant read aloud for a group.
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  • Lisa D
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it!
  • Andréa
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
  • Angie Moore
    January 1, 1970
    How cute! Bright and bold illustrations and such a fun imaginative story!
  • Connie Heneghan
    January 1, 1970
    Like If I Built a House and If I Built s Car, a boy imagines how he would build a school.
  • Kim Fernandes
    January 1, 1970
    Very evocative illustrationsThis book puts Fun into learningKeeps us all yearning,So colourful, large, and outrageous too! So wish it could all truly come true!
  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    Such a fun picture book! I could totally see this as a mentor text for readers to explore the essentials that would build into their own school!
  • Engel Dreizehn
    January 1, 1970
    Highly creative and imagination...highly recommended for young old who love the creative-vintage world of tomorrow type of presentations.
  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    This book is just so awesome. It's fun to dream up ideas and images like the ones in this book. I think most kids would love to go to Jack's School.
  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    We LOVE these books! So fun to look at all the illustrations.
  • Sarah T.
    January 1, 1970
    Uh... that was AMAZING!!! I'm definitely keeping this on my list to read for back to school season!
  • Laura Weakland
    January 1, 1970
    My students are going to love creating their own school for Maker Monday and then writing about it on Try-it Wednesday! What would you create?
  • Brandy Wilkes
    January 1, 1970
    So cute! The illustrations are beautiful and the rhyming text would keep the youngest reader enthused.
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    Very fancy school
  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    This book is fantastic. The rhyming is spot on, and the book is so imaginative!
  • Kelley Blair
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my this book is full of imagination . The premise is if a child built a school there would be fun and innovative ways of learning. An enjoyable story to share with the children in your life.
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