Fiction | 13 August 2015In the Mood to Get Back to School Share article facebook twitter google pinterest It might sound crazy (and you might not want to admit it out loud), but have you been feeling the itch to get back to school? Let’s call it the midsummer blues… when the games of Marco Polo start to sound like a broken record, your tube of sunscreen is just about squeezed dry, and your mom is threatening more chores if you say, “I’m bored,” one more time. School is starting to look great! A haven of constant friendship and exciting projects! Bring on the homework and assemblies if it means recess and new classmates! Unfortunately, we don’t have a secret time machine that will make that first day of school come any faster. We do, however, have a book of awesome poems that might just ease those mid-summer blues. Crazy Classrooms contains a poem for every grade school experience – the good, the bad, and the smelly – and poet Paul Cookson remembers exactly what each of those moments feels like. Do you remember the suspicious aromas of the locker rooms? Do you remember wondering what secrets hide behind the staffroom door? How about the chaos that erupted when the teacher turned her back? And when Jimmy liked Joanne who liked Jonathon who liked Jane? Fully of quirky metaphors and delightful wordplay, Crazy Classrooms will transport you right back to your homeroom desk and stock your imagination with new ideas for the coming school year. What makes a new school year exciting for you? We can’t wait for shiny name tags on desks, stories of everyone’s summer vacations, freshly sharpened pencils, and new students from faraway states. Share your favorite things about going back to school by posting a picture on Twitter @QuartoKids, or on the QuartoKids Facebook Page! Read one of the poems below to get your brain back in school mode. The First Day After the Holidays Excerpted from Crazy Classrooms Is always the best. You get to see all your friends again and catch up on the news. Nobody does much work, just writing your name on a new exercise book and nobody sets homework. You don’t get told off for not having your P.E. kit and the breaks are often longer. Yes, the first day after the holidays is always the best, apart from the day we break up. On the second day it always feels like you’ve never been away and holidays seem an eternity ago. Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: In The UK: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.