A tradition as familiar as the first day of school.
Mrs. Hartwell’s elementary class has come dressed to the nines for class-picture day. The only problem? Photographs won’t be taken until the end of the day, so everyone has to stay neat and tidy until then. Throughout the day, the students are tremendously careful, and their routine goes relatively smoothly—except when a tomato explodes on a student; the pencil sharpener breaks, spilling shavings all over another student; and everyone cleans up the classroom at the end of the day. Each time there’s a mishap, Mrs. Hartwell reassures the kids with a “Don’t worry, I can fix it.” When it is finally time for pictures, the students look smart and neat in their individual photos. Relieved, they run off to play—and make a mess—before convening for a photo of the whole class, in which everyone looks rumpled and disorganized. But, says Mrs. Hartwell when they finally see the photo, “You’re picture-perfect just the way you are!” This latest series installment is as much about Mrs. Hartwell as it is about her students, reminding readers that all classrooms have their own symbiosis. Educators will find this book all too relatable, while children will laugh at the fun Mrs. Hartwell’s class has together. Love’s watercolor illustrations are marvelously detailed and look almost like photographs themselves. Mrs. Hartwell is light-skinned; her class is diverse.
A class abuzz on a special day!
— Kirkus Reviews