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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To School

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To School...
by Davide Calì
illustrations by Benjamin Chaud

First, some giant ants steal breakfast. Then there are the evil ninjas, massive ape, mysterious mole people, giant blob, and countless other daunting (and astonishing) detours along the way to school. Are these excuses really why this student is late? Or is there another explanation that is even more outrageous than the rest? From Davide Calì and Benjamin Chaud, the critically acclaimed author/illustrator team behind I Didn't Do My Homework Because . . . comes a fast-paced, action-packed, laugh-out-loud story about finding the way to school despite the odds—and the unbelievable oddness!

"A charming catalog of excuses and an allegory for how the human imagination works. (...) Impossibly delightful."
Brain Pickings

"It's not until the clever turn on the last page that readers realize just how brave and truthful the boy narrator has been all along."
The Boston Globe

"Calì and Chaud give the boy (and readers) the last laugh, proving the adage that truth can be stranger than fiction."
Publisher’s Weekly

"Imaginative high jinks, highly entertaining."

"Delightful… a valuable addition for all libraries."
School Library Connection

"A whimsical romp."
School Library Journal

“The gifted and talented child’s version of the classic ‘my dog ate my homework’.”
Magpie That

Rights sold:

World: Chronicle Books, 2015
Translated into 15 languages
Nearly 50 editions across the series!
For foreign rights inquiries, please contact Chronicle Books.

All Books by Davide Calì and Benjamin Chaud: