First Grade Dropout

(Author) (Illustrator)
Product Details
$17.99  $16.73
Clarion Books
Publish Date
10.13 X 8.81 X 0.38 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Audrey Vernick is the author of Brothers at Bat and Edgar's Second Word. She lives with her family near the ocean in New Jersey. Visit her website at

Matthew Cordell has illustrated many books for children, including the picture book Hello Hello. He lives with his wife and their two children outside of Chicago, Illinois. Visit his website at
* "Vernick's tousled-haired hero may feel miserable, but he has the self-awareness, timing, and raconteurship of a master monologist; readers will be won over from his intriguing opening line ("I've been lots of things") and quickly assured that this, too, shall pass."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Cordell's ink-and-watercolor illustrations masterfully portray the first-person narrator's every emotion: chagrin, nervousness, embarrassment, sadness, anger. A sure conversation-starter about empathy."

"With cartoonish, frenetic lines and messy blobs of color, the childish feel of Cordell's illustrations make Vernick's message clear: school life and friendship can be confusing...Many readers will recognize themselves in these pages."

"Vernick's tightly wound age-appropriately self-absorbed narrator is hugely relatable, but readers will also get that he's overdoing it...a riot as well as an analgesic."
--Horn Book Magazine

"This winning picture book will be popular for its entertainment value, as well as for its potential to introduce ideas about empathy."
--School Library Journal

"The amusingly brassy and exaggerated text is clever, deploying hyperbole to make a genuinely humiliating situation into something kids can chuckle at with sympathy."