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Back-to-School Rules

Back-to-School Rules
Laurie Friedman By (author)
Teresa Murfin Illustrated by
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Lerner Publishing Group

Limited ***

9.5 X 11.5 in
32 pg

JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Manners & Etiquette
JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education


School's in session! When it comes to surviving school, Percy's at the head of the class.

If you can follow his ten simple rules, making the grade will be a piece of cake (and school will be a lot of fun). But there's more to school than showing up on time and staying awake in class. If you have any doubts, Percy also shows exactly what not to do.

  • No spitballs!
  • No running in the halls!
  • No bouncing off the ceiling!
  • No crazy scheming!

See what other trouble—and tips—Percy has in mind!


"Percy, the self-assured host from Thanksgiving Rules, returns with some guidelines for starting school on the right foot. Unlike the previous book, though, these rules are all about 'what not to do.' Thus, Percy explains rules like don't be late, don't be impolite, no running, and no contradicting the teacher, culminating in a laundry list of 'don'ts' listed on a chalkboard. Murfin creates a playfully skewed school environment with her wobbly collages and rosy-cheeked students, but after this litany of don'ts and nos, readers may have trouble taking the final rule—'Don't forget to have lots of fun!'—to heart." --Publishers WeeklyJournal

"This story focuses on the back-to-school rules of Percy Isaac Gifford. Percy advises the reader of what NOT to do when starting a new school year. Rules include not showing up late, not contradicting your teacher, not being impolite, and ends with the most important rule—not forgetting to have lots of fun. The story's rhyme makes it fast-paced, and the colorful illustrations are fun to look at. Younger students will enjoy the humor, and teachers can use the story as a review of classroom rules." --Library Media ConnectionJournal

Author Bio

Laurie Friedman is the author of the popular Mallory series, The Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair series, and many award-winning picture books. She lives in Florida.
Teresa Murfin graduated in 2001 with a degree in Illustration from Falmouth College of Art, UK. She has since been living and working in Bristol, England, as a freelance illustrator. Teresa has worked for a variety of clients, including Lerner, Scholastic, Oxford University Press, BT, Weightwatchers, Hodder, and Simon & Schuster. Picture books published include Hide & Seek Turkeys by Judith Ross Enderle & Stephanie Jacob Gordon, I’m Not Afraid of this Haunted House by Laurie Friedman, Animal Soup by Ian Whybrow and Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie Friedman.