"The tautly told tale, dramatic surprise, and appropriate comeuppance for the protagonist will delight young listeners."
– Horn Book Guide
"Wilson's bouncy, humorous verses mesh well with Rankin's cartoonlike, watercolor illustrations, which fairly teem with visual asides."
"This imaginative counting book will keep children laughing...."
– School Library Journal
"Wilson's blend of early learning concepts, humor, and wordplay make for a jaunty read-aloud."
– Publishers Weekly, starred review
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It's the first day of school at Yappy Puppy Play School and Haybillybun is not so sure he wants to go. What if the other kids make fun of his fluffy feet? Or his long name? Can't his mother go in his place and he'll stay at home?But when he gets to school, Haybillybun discovers that everyone has a long name and he decides he'll stay after all. His mother returns home alone and finds she's missing her little boy more than she ever thought she would. Is he all right?How Haybillybun and his mother...