John Patrick Norman McHennessy
The Boy Who Was Always Late
By John Burningham
Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375852206, 40pp.
Publication Date: July 8, 2008
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Every day John Patrick Norman McHennessy sets off along the road to learn, and every day strange and improbable happenings make him late. To make things worse, his teacher, Sir, never believes his stories. One day, John Patrick Norman McHennessy is able to make it on time and finds that an improbable and strange thing has happened to Sir. Just how the tables are turned provides a twist every child will relish.
A Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
An IRA Children's Choice
A Horn Book Fanfare Honor Book
"The story has interesting undercurrents. Burningham is saying something very serious about schools and education."--Kirkus Reviews (pointer)