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Book Review: The New Kid Has Fleas by Ame Dyckman

Starting a new school can be tough but what if you were raised by WOLVES? Read on for a full review of The New Kid Has Fleas book written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Eda Kaban.

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From bestselling author Ame Dyckman and illustrator Eda Kaban, The New Kid Has Fleas is a hilarious picture book about a new kid in school who appears to have been raised by wolves.

There’s a new kid in class, and they’re . . . different. They dress different. Talk different. Eat different. And the word on the playground is: they have fleas.

But, one of their classmates wonders, what if we got to know the new kid? Visited their home (wolves’ den)? Met their parents (wolves)? Shared a snack (squirrels)? Maybe then the new kid wouldn’t be so bad after all.

School’s in session for a howlingly fun “lesson” in preconceptions, differences, rumors, karma, and not just being the new kid, but befriending them.

Source: Macmillan Books

Book Review:

There’s a new kid at school, a girl with red hair who is different than everyone else.  Her classmate, a little boy, is paired with the new kid for a class project and he is nervous because he doesn’t know her at all!  Can the two connect to finish their project?  

Being the new child in class isn’t always easy and that first person who shows an ounce a friendship is so important!  I liked that the author Ama Dyckman used fun and weird ways for the little boy to describe the new student.  The new kid is raised by wolves (strangers) and eats squirrels (different foods.)  It’s almost as if the story is a peek inside the little boy’s colorful imagination of what he thinks the new kid does, again it’s the unknown and he is filling in the details with fun descriptions!

The New Kid Has Fleas is illustrated by one of my favorite artists, Eda Kaban.  The students in the class are diverse with lots of shades of brown and my favorite scenes are the moody ones where the little boy meets the new kid’s family.

The New Kid Has Fleas is a sweet story because its theme is easy for kids to understand. This book is a cute reminder that being different is a bad thing and not to judge a book by its cover.  It also is a great book that can spark a discussion regarding bullying and passing judgement on fellow classmates!

Rating: 4/5 stars

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