By Tony Johnston
Scholastic, $7.99, 32 pages
Kids have the strangest misconceptions when it comes to school. Off to Kindergarten explores the journey of little Bill as he grabs everything he feels he needs for kindergarten. Obviously expecting to be gone for a long time, he grabs all of his toys, cookies, milk, and even his art supplies and puts them into his wagon ready to go to school. Before he boards the bus, he is stopped by his mom who points out that all he needs is himself; kindergarten has everything he needs.
This is a cute little story as Billy goes on a long quest for toys. There is some vocabulary building as some of the words are likely not on the standard list of words for kindergarteners. The art style is nice, done in watercolors; although some attempts at shading are there, it is one that kids will love. This is probably the book that will be read the night before the first day of school, and possibly the first week as a way to compare what actually happened at school.
Reviewed by Jamais Jochim