Once Upon an Ordinary School Day (Hardcover)

By Colin McNaughton, Satoshi Kitamura (Illustrator)

Farrar Straus Giroux, 9780374356347, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2005



A celebration of extraordinary teachers

The boy's breakfast is ordinary, his walk to school is ordinary, even his thoughts are ordinary. But when he goes to his classroom and sits down at his desk, his day begins to change - a new teacher, Mr. Gee, bursts into the classroom with an extraordinary idea that challenges all the children to use their imagination. Suddenly an ordinary day is turned topsy-turvy, and the boy is inspired in a way that will change him forever.

The rollicking words and pictures celebrate the unexpected in this tribute to great teachers and students everywhere.

Once Upon an Ordinary School Day is a 2006 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About the Author

Colin McNaughton has written and illustrated over sixty children's books. He lives in London, England. Satoshi Kitamura is the prize-winning author and illustrator of many books for children, including Me and My Cat? and, most recently, Comic Adventures of Boots. He lives in London, England.

Praise For Once Upon an Ordinary School Day

"Pays tribute to inspirational teachers everywhere with a tale of an 'ordinary' child whose dormant imagination blooms in the classroom. Young readers (or teachers, for that matter) wondering what school is really for may get a clue here." -- Kirkus Reviews

"As a parable of the awakening imagination, the book takes flight, just like the birds soaring into the blue on the endpapers." -- The Horn Book

"An excellent selection to start the creative juices flowing or to enliven an ordinary day." -- School Library Journal

"This story is a good read-aloud." -- Reading Teacher