Curbside Pick-Up is available in all locations and book drops are open.

Record Details

Catalog Search

If I built a school [electronic resource]. Chris Van Dusen.

Van Dusen, Chris. (Author). Osorio, Lee. (Added Author).

Electronic resources

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780525556411 (electronic bk)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource

Content descriptions

General Note:
Embedded sound file.
Participant or Performer Note:
Narrator: Lee Osorio.
Summary, etc.:
In this exuberant companion to If I Built a Car , a boy fantasizes about his dream school—from classroom to cafeteria to library to playground. My school will amaze you. My school will astound. By far the most fabulous school to be found! Perfectly planned and impeccably clean. On a scale, 1 to 10, it's more like 15! And learning is fun in a place that's fun, too. If Jack built a school, there would be hover desks and pop-up textbooks, skydiving wind tunnels and a trampoline basketball court in the gym, a robo-chef to serve lunch in the cafeteria, field trips to Mars, and a whole lot more. The inventive boy who described his ideal car and house in previous books is dreaming even bigger this time.
Target Audience Note:
Text Difficulty 2 - Text Difficulty 3
LG/Lower grades (K-3rd)
610 Lexile.
3.4 ATOS Level
Reproduction Note:
Electronic reproduction. New York : Dial Books, 2019. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Kobo app or compatible Kobo device (file size: N/A KB).

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 September #1
    While Jack enjoys the swing set at recess, he looks at his school, fires up his imagination, and tells his teacher about the visionary design and kid-pleasing features of his dream school. The lobby features puppies and large zoo animals too. Each classroom, complete with gliding hover-desks and retractable glass roof petals, will perch upon a stalk-like tower. In the lunchroom, a 20-foot robo-chef will prepare the food, "and Pete can make anything, simple or weird—from PB & jelly to squid, lightly seared." The gym includes submarine bikes, a trampoline basketball court, and skydiving wind tunnels. Written in rhymed couplets, the workmanlike text seems inspired by Dr. Seuss's flights of fancy, such as If I Ran the Zoo. According to the book-jacket note, Van Dusen's "vision of the future" was inspired by Popular Science magazine, and the fluid, cheerful gouache illustrations do have a certain mid-century vibe. From the series that began with If I Built a Car (2005), this picture book will amuse children while possibly inspiring a new generation of daydreamers. Grades K-2. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Chris Van Dusen was born in Portland, Maine and received his BFA from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He has created illustrations that have been published in magazines and books and printed on T-shirts and greeting cards. He won the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award for If I Built a House. In addition to his own books, Chris has illustrated Kate DiCamillo's Mercy Watson and Tales from Deckawoo Drive chapter book series. He lives in Maine with his wife, two sons, and their dog.

Subject: Juvenile Fiction.
Picture Book Fiction.
Genre: Electronic books.

Additional Resources