Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Jo Hodgkinson
Illustrator: Jo Hodgkinson
Publisher: Andersen Press USA
It's a big day for Migs. It's the first day of school, which means new things to learn and do. Migs is excited to go to school but soon realizes that he is too shy to enjoy it. As he searches for something to help him with his shyness, he finds that he can become a superhero that is not afraid of anything. As a superhero, he hurts the feelings of his new friend Rokko and has to think through how to make things right. Migs finds a way with the help of his teacher and other classmates. He creates a boat for Rokko that takes them on an imaginative journey through the classroom.
This book is great for young readers who are getting ready to attend school. The bright art beautifully illustrates the roller coaster of emotions that children can feel as they figure out how to play with new people. This book does a great job teaching readers that mistakes can be fixed and great friendships can come out of fixing those mistakes. It also shows that the first fix may not be the right fix for the problem and that it is okay to ask others for help to make things right. Migs enlists the help of other students and his teacher to make something magnificent for his new friend showing that creativity and thoughtfulness can go a long way. That is a great lesson for young children as they learn how to work well and maintain relationships with others.