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

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  944 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
"The children's relationship is refreshingly noncombative, with Charlie as the protective and affectionate older brother who is appreciative of, rather than annoyed by, his sister's quirkiness." - SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL (starred review)

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 tim
Paperback, 32 pages
Published August 9th 2005 by Candlewick Press (first published 2003)
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Amy Landers
Sep 06, 2015 Amy Landers rated it really liked it
Lola is about to embark on her first day at school, she is nervous and wonders why she needs to go when she is “…extremely busy doing important things at home”. Throughout the book, her older brother Charlie explains to her why school is so important and attempts to put Lola’s mind at ease.

The book is full of colourful pictures from start to finish, which will encourage interaction. Some of these pictures include; fingers which the children can count and pens which will allow for children to id
Jun 09, 2008 Sarah rated it liked it
Lola is marvelous! Her excuses for not attending school will undoubtedly resonate with many anxious five-year-olds (and their mothers!)
Jun 07, 2012 Joanne rated it really liked it
Review for ‘I am Too absolutely small for school’ by Lauren Child

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
May 09, 2012 Nazrul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 30, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
‘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
Jan 24, 2010 Becky rated it really liked it
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
Mar 28, 2014 Ceilidh rated it really liked it
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
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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 it was amazing
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.
Jan 04, 2008 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
A sweet and funny story about siblings. And I know I keep mentioning it, but I love the British accent the kids have.
Jan 21, 2014 Gaby rated it liked it
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
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Jun 22, 2015 Claire (Book Blog Bird) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids
I love Lauren Child. Amusing, well-paced text and excellent illustrations - these books are an absolute must-have. They also stand up well to being read over and over and over again, which is handy.

Lauren Child Fact: she made a lot of her wonderful Charlie and Lola collages from old lampshade material. This is true; I read it in the Guardian.

The only issue I have with this book is that my three-year-old (who is due to start school in September) keeps telling me that she is 'too absolutely small
Apr 03, 2013 Libby rated it really liked it
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
May 26, 2012 Lauren rated it really liked it
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
Jun 06, 2013 Katie Birtwistle rated it really liked it
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
Drew Graham
Feb 18, 2016 Drew Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
The time shortly draws near when Lola will start school, but she's not sure she's ready. Luckily she has Charlie to talk her down.

These books are always lots of fun. We like how Charlie and Lola get along (great modeling for our little guy and his baby sister), and we love to do the accent (and to hear it mimicked throughout the house in a toddler voice). This book isn't quite relevant to our 2.5-year-old, but that doesn't bother him. It has a good ending, and Soren Lorenson is an inspiration.
Jun 18, 2015 Deatrice rated it it was amazing
This book is wickedly clever in the display of the words that seem to float, hop, blow in the wind and twirl about! My 5 year old had the funnest time reading upside down and counting when the opportunity allowed. I wish that there were a lot more books in the world like this one. I give it an A+ for creativity, dialog and interesting illustrations!
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
Maggie Hesseling
Sep 15, 2015 Maggie Hesseling rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
I love Lauren Child's picture books. The language and illustrations are always fun. This one deals not only with the first day of school but also with invisible friends. A great cute read.
Aug 18, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
I adore Charlie & Lola!! My 3-year-old is unfamiliar with them, but really got into this tale about going to school as he is heading to pre-school in a few weeks. Great fun!!
Sep 15, 2011 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  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
Feb 17, 2015 Jenni rated it really liked it
I always enjoy books featuring Charlie and Lola, this one is certainly no exception to that. A lovely exploration of pre- starting school nerves.
Nov 19, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it
Lauren Child is a unique story writer and her images are as well. I grew up with Charlie and Lola which will continue to enchant children for ages to come
Nov 12, 2015 Kay rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
My niece's library book. Loved the characters and the creativeness of both the illustrations and storyline.
Jun 24, 2015 Nate rated it liked it
My little ones love this story, I'm not completely sold. But if they're happy, I'm happy.
2008 Jun 23

I love Charlie's patience with and amusement by Lola.
Daena Gibbons
Apr 08, 2016 Daena Gibbons marked it as to-read
Claire's favourite book that she shared for her friend of the week!
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
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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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