Totally Tardy Marty just can’t seem to get to school on time. Not when there are so many better things to do in the mornings, like invent Toast-on-a-Rope, fight a giant squid in the laundry, or follow some ants up a tree. And so he’s tardy, every day, much to the smug delight of Never-Late Kate, who thinks she’s sooo great. But then one day, Kate helps Marty out of a jam (or rather, a tree), and the two end up playing together, have a surprisingly good time, and are both late. An unlikely friendship is born, through which Marty learns a trick or two for punctuality, and Kate discovers the virtues of stopping to smell the roses.
From Chicken Butt! author Erica Perl and celebrated illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka comes this playful story of opposites who don’t just attract, but also learn a lot from their complementing personalities.
About the Author
Erica S. Perl is the author of Chicken Butt!, Chicken Bedtime Is Really Early, Totally Tardy Marty, and many other picture books. She lives in Washington, DC.
Jarrett J. Krosoczka is the author and illustrator of many children’s books, including the Lunch Lady series, Punk Farm, Baghead, and Good Night, Monkey Boy. He lives in Florence, Massachusetts. Visit Krosoczka online at studiojjk.com.
"This is a lighthearted story with hilarious cartoon illustrations depicting the delaying antics of Marty, done with ink, watercolor, and acrylics digitally collaged. VERDICT A solid winner for both storytime and lap reading."
— School Library Journal
"This adorable picture book with brilliant illustrations is a perfect read-aloud to teach the importance of punctuality. Text appears in various forms such as speech bubbles, colorful fonts, and bold and standard text. Several pages are wordless, giving the reader an opportunity to infer and predict."