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I Am Too Absolutely Small for School (Charlie & Lola)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  747 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Lauren Child's inimitable brother-sister pair takes on another childhood
bugaboo — the first day of school — with the help of Charlie's
resourcefulness and Lola's imaginary friend.

Lola is not so sure about school. After all, why would she need to count
higher than ten when she never eats more than ten cookies at a time? And why write letters when you have a telephone? Once ag
Paperback, 32 pages
Published December 31st 2003 by Orchard Books (first published 2003)
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Lola is marvelous! Her excuses for not attending school will undoubtedly resonate with many anxious five-year-olds (and their mothers!)
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This children’s story is about an older brother Charlie trying to convince his younger sister Lola to go to school. However Lola says that she does not need to go to school as she can already count to ten, she has ten fingers and ten toes. Charlie says to Lola that does she not want to be able to read one day and Lola simply replies no she can remember stories in her head. Charlie convinces Lola that maybe one day a big ogre might
Lauren Child has hit the nail on the head with her Charlie and Lola books! They are absolutely AMAZING! My Year 1 children loved every single inch of the book!

Charlie and Lola are brother and sister. In this book, Lola does not want to go to school as she is far too busy! Although she feels reading and writing is important, it is not enough to make her want to go. She comes up with a number of excuses and then Charlie gives her more reasons for her to go to school. It is an excellent read, espec
‘I Am Too Absolutely Small For School’ by Lauren Child is about a little boy called Charlie and his little sister Lola who is sure that she is too small for school. Charlie patiently tries to convince Lola that she needs to go by giving her a number of imaginative and funny reasons why. Lola has clever answers to all of Charlie’s reasons but by the end she is convinced that she needs to go to school. The story ends happily with Lola making friends in school and finding out that it wasn't a scary ...more
Another great kids book. If you're not familiar with the Disney TV Show, "Charlie and Lola", then you'll need to know it's a British story about Charlie (big brother) and Lola (little sister). Lola basically runs the show and Charlie basically lets her. She is hilarious. She reasons through life like most preschool aged children and she is really funny.

In this book, she is old enough to go to school. But she is sure she is not old enough because she has lots of important things to do at home al
Charlie and his sister Lola return in this delightful story of first-day-of-school jitters. Lola is not sure she needs to go to school. She can count to ten and that's all she needs to know because she only eats ten cookies at a time. And she doesn't need to know her letters to write to people because she would rather call them on the telephone. And she absolutely does not want to eat school lunch!

But what happens to her (imaginary) friend Soren Lorensen when he goes to school all by himself? We
Patricia Aswini
This book tells a story of a very nervous little girl 'Lola' who thinks she is 'too absolutely small for school' who is comforted and encouraged by her elder brother Charlie. Throughout the story, Lola thinks of very realistic excuses based around her imaginary friend as to why she should not attend school- many of which I am sure young children about to start reception would also use or relate to. However her big brother is very quick to think of perfect responses to challenge these excuses. Fo ...more
This is a story about an older brother Charlie who is trying to convince his younger sister Lola why she should go to school. Charlie tells her all about the fun things she will learn such as counting, reading and writing. Lola has fabulous excuses for why she does not need to go to school and Charlie uses his imagination to remind Lola of all the reasons she should change her mind.

Lola uses her imaginary friend to describe why she does not want to go and explains all the emotions a new learner
Talia Apkon
Visually, this book is very fun. The illustrations are simple but there are slightly different styles on each page, which is engaging. The writing follows different patterns to complement the illustrations. I liked that it is a sibling reassuring the worried child about going to school rather than a parent, and I liked the way so many of the concerns that kids might have about going to school were brought into the open in a simple and judgmental way. However, the way that Charlie reassured Lola ...more
Lisa Nimz
Mar 29, 2009 Lisa Nimz rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: Maya
I love the name of Lola's imaginary friend Soren Lorensen. And it's hilarious when she thinks that it would be a good idea to wear an alligator costume to school. The way Charlie tells Lola that an alligator costume is probably only for fancy occasions but for school stripes are fine... I love Charlie.
The rather mundane end makes it only 3.5 stars. Don't judge by the cover - the art design inside is excitingly creative. My goodness Charlie is a wonderful big brother. And Lola is unique, just as every child is.
A sweet and funny story about siblings. And I know I keep mentioning it, but I love the British accent the kids have.
A great story for talking about why we come to school and what we do there. It is a conversation between two sisters about why the younger one should want to go to school. As a teacher, after reading this story I would document the children’s discussion about why they come to school – get a reason from each child, they can illustrate it (great end-of-year Christmas gift). This could then lead into creating a class code of conduct, e.g. If we are at school to learn, what must we do to make sure t ...more
I have to admit that, while I picked them up reluctantly at first, I have come to love Charlie and Lola. They are completely different from my kids, but ring true as children--and the two siblings obviously like each other, which I always find refreshing in a children's book, even though I think it happens more than I give the children's lit world credit for. As with any series that has found commercial acclaim, the original installments by the actual author are the best, so I was thrilled to ha ...more
i loved this book! We've read Lauren Child before (Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?) but never any Charlie and Lola stories. I have a feeling I'll be finding all of them now!! This book was a unanimous hit with me, the 8 yo and the 4 yo. I loved the language, the collage accents, and the affection shown between the brother and sister. T (4 yo) loved the invisible friend he could find in the second half of the book. And he definitely took the 'getting ready for school' theme to heart :) O (8 yo) ...more
Katie Birtwistle
This book is about a boy called Charlie and his little sister Lola who maintains that she is too small for school. Throughout the book Charlie tries to convince Lola that school is fun and has lots of benefits. Some of the reasons he gives are realistic and others are very funny.The story ends with Lola deciding that school isn't such a scary place after all.
This book has wonderful illustrations with a creative arty approach. Children will be turning this book around, upside down and looking for
Lola is very worried about her first day at school--she doesn’t think that anyone will talk to her or that she will be able to learn all of the things that she will need to learn to do well. Charlie helps Lola see why school is so important by explaining all of the times she might need to know how to read, write, and count. Finally, Lola agrees to go, and school is a very happy experience for her.
This is another in the Charlie and Lola series, and it is a very unique and accessible way for child
Sep 15, 2011 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We absolutely love the Charlie and Lola series of books by Lauren Child. The stories are fun and our girls love the characters from watching them on television. This is a great story about preparing a young child to begin school, allaying their fears and showing them how much they will learn. Again, our pal Soren Lorenson makes an appearance - our girls love finding his silhouette in the illustrations. We really enjoyed reading this story together (and of course, I brought out my best English ac ...more
2008 Jun 23

I love Charlie's patience with and amusement by Lola.
Ashley Williams
This is a great book that I would read to kindergarteners on their first day of school. Many of them are still very small and are anxious about attending school and being away from their parents. I would tell them about all the interesting things they will learn just like try did in the book. In he book the brother ask his little sister how will she learn how to send cards to people if she doesn't learn how to write letters. I would probably use some of the same phrases and thoughts from the boo ...more
Paul Candeias
This was a new book to me and has quickly become one of my top picks. Lola is afraid of going to school and so she comes up with all these excuses as to why she doesn't need to go and explains them to her brother while he tells her why she needs to go. But is it really Lola who is nervous for school or could it be her imaginary friend?

Lesson: I had decided to do a class height chart, and do a beginning and end of the year comparison, measuring the children towards the beginning of the year and t
I have always liked the Charlie and Lola stories. They're always so cute. This story is great for children who are just entering school and do not wish to go. So many children are afraid of attenting school and this book will show them that they are not alone and that it is necessary for them to go because they need to learn all of the things mentioned in the book.
I loved they typography in this book. The swirls and bounces of the letters remind me of a childs mind and how their thoughts are alw
so funny for adults and for kids!
Inna Nako
-very colorful book with lots of pictures and words all over the page, not just in a straight line
-Lola is a girl who is about to start school, but she is scared and has an imaginary friend she wants to take with her
-she makes a lot of excuses to not go to school, but her brother Charlie explains many reasons why school is important
-a lot of the children will easily relate to many of the things that Lola and Charlie talk about
-great book to introduce the class and school to the children to get t
Heather Colacurcio
Lola can think of endless reasons why she's not ready for school, but her big brother Charlie counters every single one of them. From learning to count higher than ten, to learning to read harder books, Charlie slowly begins to coax his little sister into liking the idea of school. Lauren Child's books are fun to look at and even more fun to read, this one being no exception. Perfect for reading to a child who is nervous about starting school, or for a fun read-aloud in younger classrooms.

I love Charlie & Lola. The way they talk, how they behave towards one another, everything.

Lola is adorable, cute & I so totally understand her concerns regarding going to school (I still have those worries even though I finished school years ago).

Lauren Child did marvelous job with very unique illustrations & unusual dialogues. Precious thing.

Get your hands on any kind of Charlie & Lola stories & you are going to love it.
This is a lovely little book. It would be great to read to a child before they started school as the child would be able to relate to Lola. The book written how Lola would be speaking and brings up what i think would be common fears/issues for those who are about enter the schooling system. The colours and pictures really enhance the book and i think its great that it brings up imaginary friends. I would read this book to a reception class.
I really like this book! The wonderful world of Charlie and Lola is refreshing and a real delight, bringing a light, cheerful element to the scene of children's picture books that I think will only grow in its influence in the future. This book is truly a joy to read in every respect, and it would make an excellent addition to any young person's personal library. Charlie and Lola are the best! :-)
Do the library ladies wonder why I linger in the kiddie section when I have no little ones with me? I don't care. I love Charlie and Lola.

Lola's got great excuses for not wanting to go to school but Charlie gives her great reasons to go anyway. Love the unusual art style of these books and the fun way the text is laid out. In this one I especially liked the treatment of Lola's imaginary pal.
Maria Burel
I read this book with my 3yo as part of her preparation for starting preschool. As always, Charlie is the voice of reason, and Lola has an amusing rebuttal for everything he says. Lauren Child amazes me with her ability to bring to life the thoughts, actions, and logic of the preschool set. I highly recommend for any child starting school for the first time, be it preschool or kindergarten.
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Lauren Child grew up in Wiltshire as the middle child of three sisters and the daughter of two teachers. She has always been interested in the many aspects of childhood, from gazing into toy shop windows to watching American children's shows from the 1960s. After attending two Art Schools, where Lauren admits that she did not learn much, she travelled for six months, still unsure about which caree ...more
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