Classic Days at Pokeweed Public School
Written by John Bianchi
Illustrated by John Bianchi
This oversized, hardcover special edition of all four Pokeweed Public School stories combines the content of the original books with author notes about what inspired each story and an introduction by John Bianchi that recalls his own school days.
Back then, I always sat next to my best friend Sammy, and he and I would laugh together all day at just about everything that happened n the classroom. As I started drawing, Sammy glanced over and noticed what I was doing. His giggles started at once. Encouraged by his appreciation, I strayed from the serious attempt at a portrait of our teacher Mrs. King and went for the laughs I knew would come.
(This amusing anecdote ends predictably, of course, when Mrs. King sees the cartoon portrait and gives it a very bad review.)
Classic Days is a great collector’s item for any John Bianchi fan — and costs less than the four single storybooks that inspired it. It also includes 41 author portraits submitted by his young fans.
Link to this short video by author Frank B. Edwards and John Bianchi to learn 10 ways to help children become happy readers.
120 pages. 10 x10 inches.
Hard cover. Fully illustrated.
Reading level: Grade two to four
Interest level by age: 5-10