It will be the first day of school soon and the critter students all have the jitters (hence why the book is called First Day Critter Jitters). Sloth worries he is too slow, Snake cannot get his backpack on his body, Bunny has a lot of energy and worries they will not be able to hop around. Everyone has a special issue that is related to their animal type. But they are all real fears and worries children have. When they finally get to school, they learn that even a certain armadillo has some first day jitters of their own.
The story unfolds in an obvious manner for the adult reader. The kids will most likely have these fears/worries and will appreciate that they are not alone. There are even ways that each student can “take care” of their own unique situation. You know that everyone will be okay, and the scenario will have a happy ending.
The art of Liz Climo compliments the story of Jory John. Climo’s signature style is present with basic drawings that are far from simplistic. The pages are colorful, without being overwhelming and the details are minimal to not crowd the message. It is a comfortable book, with medium level of energy. The only real issue I have is that I really dislike how poor Sloth is treated on the first day. Not a real spoiler: Sloth is too slow and not only do they miss the bus, but the whole day as well. Thankfully, there is an amusing solution.
Really all ages can enjoy this book. The young listener will like the adventure and the starting with a little help crowd will enjoy being able to read along.