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School rules

Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Scholastic, c2012.
Physical Description:
39 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
The big day -- School rules -- B emergencies -- Friendship ambassador.
Added Author:
It is the first day of school for Tony Baloney, the macaroni penguin, and he wants to follow all the class rules, but Tony has a way of finding trouble.

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Readers everywhere will adore Tony Baloney--the loveable, highly relatable hero of this bravura new Beginning Reader series!

Tony Baloney is excited!
Today he won't have to obey
Bossy Big Sister Baloney.
He won't have to play with
the Bothersome Babies Baloney.
Today he is going to school!

Tony Baloney is finally free from the tyranny of his many sisters only to face a new challenge--SCHOOL RULES! How will Tony ever follow them all? True to his resilient spirit, he discovers a first day of school filled with new friends, good fun, a few foibles, and some fantastic surprises!

Award-winners Pam Munoz Ryan and Edwin Fotheringham reinvigorate the reader format with their fresh approach to the form. Crafted with all the care and detail of a picture book, and bursting with lyrical, laugh-out-loud text and clever, eye-popping artwork, TONY BALONEY SCHOOL RULES is a fun read aloud and the perfect book to ignite budding readers. The irresistible characters spring off the page and will leap into your heart--especially Tony, who children are sure to embrace like a new best friend.

Author Notes

Author Pam Muñoz Ryan was born in Bakersfield, California on December 25, 1951. She received a B. A. in child development and a M. A. in education from San Diego State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a bilingual Head Start teacher and as an early childhood program administrator. At first, she wrote adult books about child development, but soon switched to writing children's books.

She has written over twenty-five picture books, novels, and nonfiction books for young readers. The novel Esperanza Rising, winner of the Pura Belpre Medal, the Jane Addams Peace Award, an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, and the Americas Award Honor Book, is based on her own grandmother's immigration from Mexico to California. Riding Freedom has also won many awards including the national Willa Cather Award and the California Young Reader Medal. When Marian Sang, a picture book about singer Marian Anderson, won numerous awards including the ALA Sibert Honor and NCTE's Orbis Pictus Award. In 2015 her title Echo made The New York Times Best Seller List. She also won a Kirkus Prize in the children's literature category with her title 'Echo'.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 5

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Tony Baloney is back, this time in easy-reader format. The little macaroni penguin is excited about his first day of school, and even a bossy big sister can't bring him down. His stuffed animal, Dandelion, is nervous but Tony reassures him. The day doesn't go quite as smoothly as planned, but by simply being himself, Tony makes a friend and inspires levity in his rule-loving teacher. The vocabulary is too high for those just beginning school to tackle on their own. However, this would be a fun book for caregivers to share with a child starting school or for slightly older children to read independently. The universal topic, along with alliteration and humor, gives it wide appeal. Heavy use of primary colors makes the illustrations stand out, and Tony Baloney himself is appealingly drawn. An excellent first purchase.-Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Tony Baloney the penguin faces his first day of school in this early reader, and as in his eponymous 2010 picture book, he uses imagined conversations with his stuffed bird, Dandelion, to work out his feelings. "What if I get lost on the way to the bathroom? What if I don't find a place to sit at lunchtime? What if I can't follow the rules?" Dandelion asks Tony, who carefully assuages his fears: "Don't worry, we can do it. I'll be there if you need me." Some first-day foibles necessitate a check-in with Dandelion: "And then Mrs. Gamboney had a little talk with me about the rules," he tells the stuffed bird. "Oh, and I'm not Line Leader." The frayed Dandelion replies, "Yeah. We sort of knew that might happen. Give it time, dude!" Ryan divides Tony's day into four chapters, and Fotheringham's blue, reds, and orange accents pop as Tony and Dandelion model a growing sense of independence and the ability to learn from mistakes. Ages 5-7. Author's agent: Kendra Marcus, BookStop Literary. Illustrator's agent: Pat Hackett, Artist Representative. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

This easy-reader incarnation sees the well-meaning macaroni penguin start his first day of school. Happily leaving his big and little siblings behind, Tony plunges in--and ends up in mishap after mishap, despite his best intentions of following the rules. Spot-on sibling and classmate dynamics, sparkling prose, and bright illustrations give early readers an endearing, engaging hero. (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Tony Baloney doesn't have to worry about sibling problems today--it's the first day of school. But will he be better able to behave there? Four chapters take children transitioning between early readers and longer books through Tony's day, from getting ready and learning the teacher's rules through the school day and back home again. As those familiar with Tony would suspect, the little penguin has some trouble with the rules (Tony Baloney, 2011). He calls out in class, pushes a friend too enthusiastically during a game of tag and excitedly runs to a seat at lunch. Finally, he interrupts his teacher's group time for something not on the list of "B Emergencies" (bathroom, bandage, belly-upset). But the teacher and class quickly concur that "Bob is buried beneath the blocks!" is indeed a valid B Emergency, and they expand the list (quite humorously). While Tony doesn't get to be Line Leader on the first day as his big sister did, he is crowned a Friendship Ambassador for helping the buried Bob. As in his first outing, Tony's superego, aka Dandelion, his stuffed bird, gives him sage advice and helps him process the whole experience. Fotheringham's digital illustrations pop with bold colors. The penguins' droll facial expressions and body language will certainly be familiar to young readers This is likely to soothe the fears of those similarly nervous about their ability to follow the school rules. (Early reader. 5-7)]] Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Tony Baloney, a little penguin, hopes for the best as he starts school, but it's hard to follow all the new rules, and besides, accidents happen. Still, at the end of the day, he is proud to be crowned his classroom's Friendship Ambassador. Fine-tuned, realistic dialogue and lively, digital illustrations make this an amusing take on the first day of school. Though the original Tony Baloney (2011) was a picture book, this sequel features a smaller format and four short chapters, making it accessible to advanced beginning readers as well as Tony Baloney fans still in the read-to-me stage.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist

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