Book Review: Dee and Deb Off They Go— Kindergarten First Day Jitters by Donna M. McDine

2016-03-18_0909Title: Dee and Deb Off They Go— Kindergarten First Day Jitters

Author: Donna M. McDine

Genre: Children ages 3-8

Publication Date: December 2015





(from Goodreads)

The anxiety of finding one’s own place and friends in kindergarten without the comfort of having her fraternal twin sister nearby at first overwhelms Dee. Until she realizes even without her twin, Dee and her classmates for the most part are in the same boat. Suggested age range for readers: 3-8.


My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

What a great book for young children! The first day of kindergarten is stressful for any child but it has to be worse for twins who have always been together and are now separated for class. Dee, of course, is overwhelmed when she is faced with a new teacher and all her classmates but she realizes that the other children are as scared as she is. She makes the best of the situation, makes a new friend, and ends up having a good time.

Along with this story that teaches children that everyone is overwhelmed on the first day of school, it is full of pictures with vibrant colors and cute characters. 

I definitely recommend this book for young children getting ready to start school or getting ready to start a new year in school. I remember being stressed every year about starting classes, especially in elementary school.

Available on Amazon.


About the Author

2016-03-18_0921Multi-award-winning children’s author, Donna McDine’s creative side laid dormant for many years until her desire to write sparked in 2007. With four early reader children’s picture books to her credit, A Sandy Grave, Powder Monkey, Hockey Agony and The Golden Pathway with Guardian Angel Publishing. Her adventures continue as she ignites the curiosity of children through reading. She writes and moms from her home in the historical hamlet Tappan, NY. McDine is a member of the SCBWI.

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About the Illustrator

2016-03-18_0923Award Winning illustrator Jack Foster, has illustrated more books for Guardian Angel Publishing, Poodle & Doodle, SHOO CAT!, Klutzy Kantor, One in a Buzzillion, O Christmas Tree, ShShSh Let the Baby Sleep, Signs of Trouble, Stella the Fire Farting Dragon, Where is Salami and Murmur on the Oink Express, and many more. Jack also illustrates for online magazines, Stories for Children and Guardian Angel Kids. He spent many years as a political cartoonist for five Chicago area newspapers but his cute style described as a Muppet-Disney mix, is kid friendly and just right for children’s books. You can see more of Jack’s work and leave him a comment at

2 thoughts on “Book Review: Dee and Deb Off They Go— Kindergarten First Day Jitters by Donna M. McDine

  1. Donna M. McDine March 24, 2016 / 11:27 am

    Dawn, thank you for your heartwarming review of Dee and Deb, Off They Go ~ Kindergarten First Day Jitters. You’ve made my day! Best, Donna


  2. karinlarson March 24, 2016 / 3:54 pm

    Great review of a great book, Dawn. Congratulations, Donna!


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