A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School… By Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud

A Funny Thing Happened on the way to School

The gifted and talented child’s version of the classic ‘my dog ate my homework’, the premise sees a boy attempting to weave a stream of excuses together in order to explain the reason of his tardiness to his unimpressed teacher. However, his imaginative excuses are a creative force to be reckoned with and his ability to draw on his knowledge of fairy tales and popular culture is remarkable.

His inventive excuses pay homage to Alice in Wonderland, The Pied Piper of Hamelin, Little Red Riding Hood & King Kong to name some. As well as these mind boggling experiences, he encounters giant ants, Big Foot, a yeti and an alien invasion.

The ending is surprising and it reminds children of the magic of stories and the lack of imagination of some grown-ups.

From Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud, the critically acclaimed author/illustrator team behind I Didn’t Do My Homework Because . . . comes a fast-paced, actionpacked, laugh-out-loud story about finding the way to school despite the odds—and the unbelievable oddness!

Abrams & Chronicle

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