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  • Published: 13 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9780525552918
  • Imprint: Rocky Pond Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $37.99

If I Built a School



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.

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.

  • Published: 13 August 2019
  • ISBN: 9780525552918
  • Imprint: Rocky Pond Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $37.99

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Praise for If I Built a School

Awards and Praise for Chris Van Dusen
If I Built a School
"An all-day sugar rush, putting the 'fun' back into, er, education." --Kirkus

"Told in excellently structured rhyming couplets, this story has a Seussian feel, although the vocabulary is much more varied and advanced. . . . Reluctant readers will be especially intrigued." --School Library Journal

If I Built a Car
E.B. White Read-Aloud Award
"Energetic verse and jubilant, action-packed artwork make this tale of a young inventor's fantastic daydream a joy ride." --Publishers Weekly
"The story is told in jaunty rhyming couplets, but the fun really comes from the illustrations, which perfectly parody 1950s' visions of the future." --Booklist

If I Built a House
NEIBA Children's Book Award

The Circus Ship
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award Winner
Maine's Lupine Award Winner

Mercy Watson to the Rescue
New York Times Bestseller
ALA Notable Book
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
"Van Dusen's larger-than-life characters and retro sensibility extend the dry humor of the situation, and his shiny, rainbow-bright gouache art shoots the energy, especially Mercy's, right off the page." --Booklist, starred review