Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Savannah's Summer Reading List -- Rufus Goes to School by Kim Griswell (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.


Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
Published: August 2013
Age range: from 3 to 6
32 pages
ISBN: 1-4549-0416-X
ISBN13: 9781454904168
$14.95 US; $15.95 Canadian
Hardcover with Jacket, all in color - 10 X 10


All Rufus Leroy Williams III wants to do is go to school so he can learn to read his favorite book… but there's one problem… he's a pig! The Principal has been very clear – no pigs allowed in school! This charming, original, and child-friendly picture book is the perfect first-day-of-school story.


My Thoughts:

What a cute little book to get the kids excited about going back to school this year.  In this new release from Kim Griswell, we meet Rufus, a pig who is determined to go to school, so that he can learn how to read his favorite book.  A pig in school?  That is what the principal thought when he met Rufus, and heard he wanted to go to school.  But, the principal keeps telling Rufus each time he returns to the school that pigs are not allowed.  Will Rufus persuade the principal to let him go to school with the other school children?  You will have to pick up a copy of this new release to find out.  

While the story itself is cute and easy to read and understand, the illustrations, done by Valeri Gorbachev really make for a delightful story to read.  My girls both love pigs, especially tiny little pigs like Rufus.  So, when they saw this book for the first time, they couldn't help squeal with excitement, as they wanted me to read it to them. :-)  And, since then, this book has become a must read during the day or at bedtime.  Savannah loves imitating the principal when he tells Rufus he can't go to school.  :-)  

And, when I am not reading this book to the girls, they both take turns taking it off the bookshelf to flip the pages and admire the cute illustrations.  This is definitely one book to pick up, as a way to welcome in the new school year with your little ones.  I know you and your children will fall in love with Rufus, and will be crossing your fingers, in hopes that he gets to go to school, so that he can read his favorite book. :-)

 Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.


  1. I love the illustrations you have posted here! They remind me somewhat of Charlotte's Web in the way they are done. It's wonderful to find a book that kids want you to read over and over.

  2. This does look like such a cute book and great for little ones who are going off to school for the first time. I will have to keep this one in mind thanks so much for sharing and have a great day.
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