Do you remember going to school for the first time? Or, are you maybe going to start school in a year or two? Sometimes starting school can be pretty exciting, but it can also be a little scary, if you’re not sure what to expect. Dougie Goes to School, the second book by the talented young author, Douglas Christie, Jr., is about Dougie’s first day at school and the way his mother helps him overcome his fears. It’s a great follow-up book to his first one, Dougie Learns to Ride, and it’s a fun book to read on your own or with your Mom or Dad.
The book begins with the end of Summer (sigh), and Dougie’s thinking back on all the fun he had, doing things like skateboarding, bowling, and swimming. But now, it’s the time of the year that school is about to begin, so Dougie’s Mom takes him to buy school supplies at the store. This reminded me of when I went with my parents to get school supplies, and also when I have taken my own son and daughter to get the stuff they have needed for school, like pencils, paper, a ruler, and more.
On the way back home, Dougie tells his Mom that he is “a little afraid about going to school.” His Mom then tells him about her very first day at school, and that she was a little scared, too, at first. She also tells him that if he gives it a chance the first day and did not like it, “she would go with me the next day and stay with me all day!” She makes Dougie feel better by saying this, and by telling him that he
“would make lots of friends” and that his teacher would “teach me many wonderful things!” School is a place to learn many new things, but it’s also a place where you can meet new friends and have fun!
The rest of the book is about Dougie’s first day of school, what he does getting ready in the morning, the delicious breakfast of pancakes and milk that he has, and Dougie’s Mom going into the classroom with him to meet his new teacher, Mrs. Jenkins. At first, Dougie is shy, but before long, he starts to feel more comfortable at his new school. Each student tells about him or herself in front of the class, and tells about “some of the things they like.”
I won’t give away any more of the surprises and other wonderful things that Dougie experiences his first day of school–that would be taking away from the fun you will have reading this book by yourself or with your parents. But, I will tell you a little about the boy who is the author of Dougie Goes to School, Douglas Christie, Jr.
Douglas Christie, Jr., is the son of the NBA star Douglas Christie from the L.A. Lakers, whose career spanned the years 1993-2007. Dougie, Junior, is becoming famous himself, with his budding career as a writer going very well, and more books planned for the future. This, like his first book, is illustrated beautifully by Dotti Albertine. I am looking forward to reading and reviewing more books by Douglas Christie, Jr., and once you read this book and his first one, you’ll be a fan, too!