Review: Late for School – Steve Martin

Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing  (Sept. 8, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446557021
ISBN-13: 978-0446557023
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This was a cute, kids book. The story centers on this boy who has gotten into trouble before for being late for school. He wakes up to the alarm clock going off. He races through a series of comic adventures in order to get to school on time.

The book is based on a banjo song by Steve Martin. Yes, the comedian Steve Martin. Last year he won a grammy award for his album of banjo music. One of the songs on that album led to this book. An added treat is a CD of the Song as well as a musical version of the banjo only is included. A very nice marketing idea.

The artwork is by C. F. Payne who illustrated children’s books for John Lithgow.

I think if you’ve got a young chilld, they’d probably get a kick out of this book. There’s nothing objectionable to any age. The included CD is pretty entertaining in it’s own right, and together makes a nice package for a young child.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Brad at Hachette Book Group for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review.

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