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Mission: back to school : top-secret information
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"SUSAN HOOD has written hundreds of children's books for ages one to eight, including picture books, board books, interactive books, nonfiction, and beginning readers. She lives with her family in coastal Connecticut and enjoys spending the summer sailing with her husband along the coast of Maine. a MARY LUNDQUIST graduated with a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, in Boston, and then moved to England for three years. She and her husband now live by the Pacific Ocean and visit the beach at least once a week."
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  Publishers Weekly Review

Hood and Lundquist reprise the conceit behind Mission: New Baby (2015) as they bring a secret agent sensibility to the "hunt for intelligence" (aka going to school). In numbered steps, Hood walks readers through the mission, which includes "#3. Meet intelligence officer" (that would be the teacher) and "#10. Report rogue agent" (a rabbit that has escaped its cage). Hood revels in these and numerous other puns throughout. "Watch out!" It's a sting operation!" shouts one boy, as the spies-in-training "conduct fieldwork" by observing bugs outside (including a very active beehive). During recess, twins are "double agents" and a "high-level meeting" is held atop the playground's climbing dome, all captured with warm humor in Lundquist's watercolor-and-pencil illustrations. Ages 3-7. Author's agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Illustrator's agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

  School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-Students are treated like special agents in this tongue-in-cheek training manual for returning to spy school. The vocabulary is rich, catering to budding espionage aficionados. But Lundquist's soft, friendly sketches balance out the intrigue by depicting normal school routines. Student agents "suit up" when getting ready for school and arrive and meet their "Intelligence Officer," a bespectacled yet youthful man. They "build diplomatic relations" when making friends and practice "decoding information" while sounding out words. When the whirlwind of recapturing a suspiciously furry rogue agent is over, they return home for their final reports. VERDICT Humorous details, diverse agents, and a full day's worth of elementary school fieldwork make this an excellent choice for students on the first day of school.-Jenna Boles, Greene County Public Library, Beavercreek, OH © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"What will distract first-time students from first-day jitters? Entering secret-agent mode, of course! The team from Mission- New Baby is back with a new assignment- turn school into a thrilling action adventure! After rendezvousing at the vehicle checkpoint (meeting at the bus stop), young agents will learn to build diplomatic relations (make new friends), conduct fieldwork (explore outside during science class), and develop new lines of communication (learn to read and play music). Chock-full of tips and fun visuals, it's bound to get kids excited for their next mission!"
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