Kid Lit: Rufus Goes To School Review & Giveaway

Sometimes heading back to school can be scary, especially for younger children who aren’t quite sure what to expect.  Take my son for example. You ask him about school last year and he’ll tell you that he totally mastered kindergarten.  Ask him about going into the first grade this fall with a new teacher, new classmates and a new classroom routine and he’ll tell you that he’s nervous.

To ease his jitters and to help transition him smoothly back into learning mode, The Hubs and I have been reading him lots of “going to school” or “back to school” books. The one my son has asked us to read him the most (and sometimes he’ll even read along with us) is Rufus Goes To School from Sterling Children’s Books, written by Kim T Griswell and illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev.

RufusGoesToSchool_SterlingPublishing_THM1RufusGoesToSchool_SterlingPublishing_THM2All Rufus Leroy Williams III wants to do is to go to school so he can learn to read his favorite book instead of making up stories to go along with the pictures he sees.   But there’s just one problem: Rufus is a pig and Principal Lipid says: “NO PIGS IN SCHOOL!?”  Rufus gets himself a backpack, a lunchbox, and even a nap time blanket to show the principal that he’s totally serious and ready for school. But Mr. Lipid won’t budge. Is there ANYTHING Rufus can do to change his mind?  You’ll have to read the book to find out, but I’ll give you a little clue, it’s a happy ending!

Here’s a short video of the book:

Rufus Goes To School is a charming, original, and child-friendly first-day-of-school story. I’m now also a fan of Valeri Gorbachev’s incredibly detailed pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations.  The book itself is 32 pages and is available only in hardcover.  It’s available at most book retailers’, either in-store or online for $14.95.

RufusGoesToSchool_SterlingPublishing_THM3Want to win a copy of Rufus Goes To School? One lucky reader of The Harried Mom will win a hardcover copy of this fun children’s book, courtesy of Sterling Children’s Books. All you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter form below. The more options you complete, the more entries you’ll get!  This giveaway is open to US residents only and ends on 8/28.

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Now it’s your turn to share.  What’s your favorite back to school story?



For full disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. I did a copy of “Rufus Goes To School” from Sterling Publishing to facilitate this review. As always, the opinions expressed in this post and on The Harried Mom blog are all my very own and are not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing any products as your opinion may differ.

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  1. Diane S. says

    We just read “I’[m NOT going to school tomorrow” about a child entering first grade that is scared about the first day. He ends up taking his stuffed monkey with him. My daughter said “I AM going to school” and I breathed a sigh of relief! It was fun to read to her and she liked anticipating what was going to happen in the story.

  2. says

    My son is going to school first time ever this year and I am a nervous wreck already! Will certainly keep a look out for this book, too bad the giveaway is only for US :( Good Luck to all the Participants!

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