First Day Critter Jitters
First-day-of-school jitters have never been funnier or more reassuring than in this picture book by the New York Times bestselling author Jory John and critically acclaimed illustrator Liz ClimoIt's almost the first day of school, and the animals are nervous. Sloth worries about getting there on time, snake can't seem to get his backpack fastened onto his body, and bunny is afraid she'll want to hop around instead of sitting still. When they all arrive at their classroom, though, they're in for a surprise: Somebody else is nervous too. It's their teacher, the armadillo! He has rolled in as a ball, and it takes him a while to relax and unfurl. But by the next day, the animals have all figured out how to help one another through their jitters. School isn't so scary after all.

First Day Critter Jitters Details

TitleFirst Day Critter Jitters
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 7th, 2020
PublisherDial Books
ISBN-139780735228559
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Academic, School, Animals, Fiction

First Day Critter Jitters Review

  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    A variety of animals express the various reasons they're nervous for the first day of school. This sweet story manages to be both funny and poignant at the same time.
  • Casey, with a book
    January 1, 1970
    things I love about this book:1. every animal is stinkin cute. mole is small and is worried he can't read. kangaroo misses drinking hot cocoa with her mommy. snake can't figure out how to carry a backpack. bear is just toooo sleeeeepy to go to school. i relate to all of them.2. all the animals find the most adorable, sweet ways to help each other and work together3. even the teacher has insecurities about the first day and his students help him just as much as he helps them.4. mole borrows the t things I love about this book:1. every animal is stinkin cute. mole is small and is worried he can't read. kangaroo misses drinking hot cocoa with her mommy. snake can't figure out how to carry a backpack. bear is just toooo sleeeeepy to go to school. i relate to all of them.2. all the animals find the most adorable, sweet ways to help each other and work together3. even the teacher has insecurities about the first day and his students help him just as much as he helps them.4. mole borrows the teacher's glasses so he can read.
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  • Meredith Ann
    January 1, 1970
    Liz Climo's art is perfectly paired with Jory John's writing. These characters are adorable and will be very relatable for young readers. I love that even the teacher was nervous and open about it!
  • Bookish
    January 1, 1970
    Wee little animals are each nervous about the first day of school in a way that's consistent with their demeanor. Sloth will be too slow to get there on time, Kangaroo is too fidgety. But when their teacher admits HE'S nervous, too, the animals play on their strengths to support their peers and come together as a community in their classroom. Just so, so funny, and PERFECT for the start of the school year (whatever that looks like in 2020).
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  • Peacegal
    January 1, 1970
    This sweetly-illustrated book stars animals in "interview format" discussing their jitters about the first day of school. It reminded me of the Aardman animation "Creature Comforts." It's rather wordy for kids just starting kindergarten, but it works well as a beginner comic for slightly older kids.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    The animals are nervous about the first day of school. Each shares their own worry with readers. They discover that their teacher is nervous too. They work together to make everyone feel better. Snake even solves sloth's problem about missing the first day.Plenty of humo with underlying reassurances for young children heading back to school.
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  • Tessa
    January 1, 1970
    Every child has those jitters when it's time to start school. Even grownups get the jitters when starting a new job, a new project, and new relationship. Jory John helps us get through that anxiety and tackle what's scary.
  • Dawn Rutherford
    January 1, 1970
    Oh man! Two of my favorite creators working together? This book is such a treat. So cute. And ultimately super reassuring for kids nervous about starting school. I love it.
  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Perfect book for a child who is going to school for the first time. The illustrations were really cute and this would be a great read-aloud for parents or teachers.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Teachers, be sure to add this to your "back to school" collection. It will make a perfect first day read aloud.
  • Lisa D
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it! Perfect back to school book!
  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    A fun story featuring a variety charming animals experiencing anxieties about their first day of school.
  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    The moment I read the words "Critter Jitters", I was ready for perfection. That's exactly what I got. Climo and John are both incredible, and putting them together in one book? A MASTERPIECE. All these critters are nervous about their first day of school-- will sloth be on time? How's that joey managing out of his mother's pouch? Everyone is so much bigger than that little mouse! The humor/cute combo in First Day Critter Jitters is going to draw in readers of all ages. Their adorable jitters bri The moment I read the words "Critter Jitters", I was ready for perfection. That's exactly what I got. Climo and John are both incredible, and putting them together in one book? A MASTERPIECE. All these critters are nervous about their first day of school-- will sloth be on time? How's that joey managing out of his mother's pouch? Everyone is so much bigger than that little mouse! The humor/cute combo in First Day Critter Jitters is going to draw in readers of all ages. Their adorable jitters bring me joy.
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  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    So cute
  • Anthony
    January 1, 1970
    Very cute and funny. I love Liz Climo's cartoons and they work so well with this story about overcoming your fears about the first day of school.
  • Andréa
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
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