Chu's First Day of School by Neil Gaiman Book Review

Chu's First Day of School by Neil Gaiman
Illustrations by Adam Rex
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: June 24, 2014

It is Chu's first day of school. Chu is nervous. He hopes the other boys and girls will be nice. Will they like him? What will happen at school today? Will Chu do what Chu does best?

It's that time of year folks. The back to school (or first time in school) books are making their way to the shelves, trying to alleviate fears and make school sound fun and exciting. They all do it fairly well, especially since the target age, preschool to 2nd grade, really do have some fears, but school isn't really something they dread yet. Not that some kids don't get bullied or have a difficult time in school, but the worries are definitely different than a kid going into middle school.

As per usual, Adam Rex's illustrations were beautiful, but this book was not what I expected from Neil Gaiman. This book was so cutesy and unlike the first Chu book, Chu's Day, it was kind of boring. First day of school. Nervous. Everyone has a special ability and Chu's is the ability to sneeze incredible sneezes. That's it. Kids may enjoy this story, but I think they will need the context of the first book to "get it".