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About the Author
Alison Hawkins is an illustrator and designer with a background in art history and anthropology. She loves to incorporate bold lettering and bright colors into her artwork, which has been published by American Greetings. Alison lives in Durham, North Carolina.
Included in Sheen Magazine's Affirming Back To School Book List for Young Readers
"Featuring the honest and delightful humor of debut author/storyteller Angela Shanté and the bold, graphic imagery of debut artist/illustrator Alison Hawkins, The Noisy Classroom encourages children with those first-day jitters to reevaluate a scary situation by looking at it from a different angle and to embrace how fun school can be, even in nontraditional ways. . . Entertaining, charming, and with a significant underlying and positive 'kid friendly' message."
"Cartoon-style illustrations depict a diverse group of classmates, and show their humorous facial expressions. . . nontraditional teaching and learning style of Ms. Johnson's classroom is appealing."
--School Library Journal
"This is a great back-to-school read, especially for any little who may be anxious about a new classroom and a new teacher. It's also a perfect book to gift a *new* teacher--as it encourages innovation in teaching and portrays the positive impact a creative and dedicated teacher can have on a student's attitude toward learning."
"Are you looking for a book to help children with their first-day-of-school jitters, or perhaps one about adjusting to a new teacher? This book succeeds on both fronts, delivering an encouraging story about braving new experiences. . . A nice selection for anyone transitioning into a nontraditional learning environment."
"Caregivers who are hoping to start a conversation on managing classroom fears would find this book a great place to start. . . A noisy classroom turns out to be a delightful place to learn."