After the Bell Rings (Hardcover)

Poems About After-School Time

By Carol Diggory Shields, Paul Meisel (Illustrator)

Dial Books, 9780803738058, 32pp.

Publication Date: February 24, 2015

List Price: 16.99*
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Fresh, funny, and full of verve and variety, this clever book of 22 illustrated poems about school captures what kids love to do when class lets out. 

That wonderful bell begins to ring. “

Everyone knows that the best part of the school day is the moment it ends! After school, kids can hang out with their friends, play video games, attend music lessons, avoid chores, practice sports, do homework...well, maybe that last part isn't so great, but the rest is a blast!

About the Author

Carol Diggory Shields’s favorite afterschool activity was reading, reading, and more reading. She  is currently a children's librarian and the author of many books. She lives in northern California.

Paul Meisel always loved to draw, but he also liked shooting hoops with his friends and trying to pitch a no-hitter in little league. He has illustrated more than 70 books, some of which he's also written. Paul won a 2012 ALSC Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor for his picture book See Me Run.

Praise For After the Bell Rings: Poems About After-School Time

"Smart and sassy poems and accessible illustrations combine for an engaging, humorous package." –Kirkus Reviews

The eye-catching artwork done in acrylic, gouache, and colored pencil is sure to appeal to many readers along with the humor, rhyme, and universal topics." –SLJ

"Shields does have a good grasp of school-age frustrations and silliness…the precious and overbooked time after the bell will ring true with most." –Booklist 

"Young readers and read-aloud audiences will instantly relate to this collection of light verse about the joys of after school." –SLC