This book is about Toby, who has his first day at school. Unfortunately, Toby does not like school! The book follows Toby's imagination as instead of meeting friends, he meets a whole host of other characters such as a mermaid, an alien and a pirate!
I loved the way that the book was so sensitive about Toby'uneasy transition into school. The way that he uses his imagination to make his friends different characters slowly unfolds throughout the book and in the end, he realises that he does like school - because he has actually made lots of friends without even realising.
Alice really enjoyed this book. I think it would be great for kids who may be a bit nervous about starting school. I will definitely be reminding Alice of these when she starts in Reception next year. Alice has taken well to pre-school and she really enjoys it, but each step can sometimes affect them and I love that there are books out there to open up the conversation about this.
The illustrations in the book are fun, and Alice loved to hold the book as I read it to her.
The author has written several books for children all aimed at helping children deal with unfamiliar and perhapd uncomfortable circumstances. To find out more do visit the author's website here.
Disclosure: We were sent this book for the purpose of this review, all words and views are my own.