“Definitely a fine, fine book.”—New York Times Book Review
Mr. Keene, an overly-enthusiastic principal, loves his school so much that he wants more and more and more school: first on Saturdays, then on Sundays, then on holidays, then in the summer. The students and the teachers do not want to go to school on Saturdays or Sundays or holidays or in the summer, but no one knows how to tell Mr. Keene that. He is so proud of the students and the teachers. This is also the story of Tillie, a young girl who attends this fine, fine school. It is up to Tillie to show Mr. Keene that even though this school is a fine one, it is not fine, fine to be there all the time!
New York Times Bestseller
California Young Reader Medal
Irma S. and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature Honor Book
Book Sense 76 Pick
My husband was a headmaster, and we used to live on a school campus. My husband loved his school and was an enthusiastic advocate for it, full of pride for the students, teachers, and staff. Because this school was both a day school and boarding school, school hours were not limited to eight-to-three Monday through Friday. There were also meetings and events and activities in the evenings and on weekends. I think that sometimes everyone felt as if there is a little too much school! I thought I’d take a light-hearted look at this. What if there were even more school? What if a headmaster or principal loved his school so much that he required more . . . and more . . . and more?
I think the story is amusing on its own, but I find Harry Bliss’s illustrations really funny. He’s made Tillie’s dog into a great character, and he also shows the increasingly encumbered students toting enormous backpacks and books like Ridiculously Difficult Algebra and The Meaning of Life. There are so many funny things going on in each picture. This was Harry Bliss’s first picture book.