FICTION

Where's My Homework?

Where's My Homework? illus. by Michael Garland. 32p. Scholastic/Cartwheel. Jun. 2014. pap. $6.99. ISBN 9780545436557.
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Gr 1–2—A distraught child is certain he has done his homework, but he is unable to find it in the morning. As his search becomes increasingly frantic, his imagination kicks in, and he envisions everything from pirates plundering his homework and making it walk the plank, to having it join the circus or being abducted by Martians. After hearing a slobbering sound, he realizes that, in this case, the cliché is true. His dog really did eat his homework, and he will have to face a skeptical teacher. Fortunately, the pup manages to save the day, and all ends well. Not a lot of new ground is broken here, but Garland's signature illustrations, with their bold, saturated colors, varied perspectives, and quirky details, will have fans of his previous work clamoring for this one.—Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ

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