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Literature / Miss Bindergarten

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Miss Bindergarten and her class.

A series of children's books by Joesph Slate and Ashley Wolff.

This series focuses on the special events that happen with Miss Bindergarten and her 26 animal Kindergarten students, such as the first day of school, a field trip, and the 100th day of school.


  • Agony of the Feet: Noah drops a rock on his foot in Has A Wild Day In Kindergarten.
  • Alliterative Name: Lenny Loome, Patrica Parker, and Tommy Tuttle.
  • Alphabetical Theme Naming: Each student's name begins with a letter of the alphabet.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Adam's last name is "Krupp".
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Christopher has one. Mostly averted with Franny's, as her little sister is only a tadpole.
  • Art Shift: When shown up close, the animals look very realistic. But when far away, they look cartoony.
  • Ascended to Carnivorism: Animals like quokkas are shown eating regular elementary school food, meat and all.
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  • Beach Episode: In Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the Last Day of Kindergarten, Miss Bindergarten and the kindergarteners play around in the sprinklers while being dressed in swimwear.
  • Big Eater: Downplayed with Quentin. He overloads his tray in the cafeteria. He ends up paying the price, though.
  • Book-Ends: Compare Gets Ready For Kindergarten with Miss Bindergarten Celebrates The Last Day Of Kindergarten. On a more minor note, the start of the events always begins Adam, Brenda, and Christopher, etc. and ends with Zach.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Henry has a sweater with the letter "H" on it, while Ian has the letter "I" on his baseball cap.
  • Carnivore Confusion: It's to be expected in a Funny Animal world. Patrica is a pig, but the cafeteria serves pepperoni pizza.
  • Circus Episode: Plans A Circus With Kindergarten.
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  • Cute Bookworm: Ian. His favourite place is the library.
  • Cute Kitten: Christopher the Cat, Jessie the Jaguar, Lenny the Lion, and Tommy the Tiger.
  • Cool Pet: Coco, Miss Bindergarten's pet bird.
  • Cool Teacher: The titular Miss Bindergarten.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The first book lacked the total Rhymes on a Dime style.
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: Gwen the Gorilla, Ursula the Ukari Monkey, and Ms. Chavez the Chimpanzee.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: The school principal, Mr. King Penguin.
  • First Day of School Episode: Gets Ready For Kindergarten.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: The entire cast.
  • Funny Background Event: All over the place in Miss Bindergarten Has A Wild Day In Kindergarten.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: Not counting the teacher and her pet, there are 13 boys and 13 girls in the class.
  • Genki Girl: Franny and Wanda.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: You most likely would've missed this as a kid, but in the beginning pages of Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten, you can see the titular teacher's pink lace underwear.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Quite a few of the female kids are shown to carry around their dolls often.
  • Good Parents: All the shown parents.
  • Goofy Print Underwear: In the first book, Danny is shown to wear white boxers with pumpkins on them.
  • Heroic Dog: Miss Bindergarten is a dog and a Cool Teacher.
  • Holding Hands: Wanda and Vicky do this during their field trip (Platonic version, of course).
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Lenny and his wheelchair.
  • Kangaroo Pouch Ride: Kiki's little sibling rides in the mother's pouch.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: 26 students, sometimes with parents and siblings, plus Miss Bindergarten, her pet parrot, and school staff.
  • Long Title
  • No Antagonist
  • Noble Wolf: Wanda.
  • Not My Lucky Day: In Has A Wild Day In Kindergarten, just about everything goes wrong for everyone.
  • Oh, Crap!: In Gets Ready for Kindergarten, Miss Bindergarten's (unspoken) reaction to arriving at 7:00am and finding her room still in boxes.
  • One Head Taller: When standing together, Adam and Christopher are shown to be at least a head taller than Brenda. It's worth noting that rodent characters are usually one head shorter than animals of other types.
  • Out Sick: In "Stays Home from Kindergarten", Miss Bindergarten calls in sick with cold-like symptoms. Some of her class get it too and the book ends with Miss Bindergarten coming back and the substitute teacher coming down with the same illness
  • Panty Shot: We get one of Miss Bindergarten in Gets Ready For Kindergarten.
  • Playful Otter: Ophelia, as well as her two little twin siblings.
  • Potty Emergency: Christopher has one at the start of Miss Bindergarten Has A Wild Day In Kindergarten. It ends up in a Potty Failure, and he has to wear borrowed trousers for the rest of the day.
  • Rhymes on a Dime
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Quokkas (only found in a small part of Australia), Xenosaurus' (only found in Guatemala and Mexico), and Nyalas (native to Southern Africa).
  • Shout-Out: In Has A Wild Day In Kindergarten, Christopher is shown to wear a Superman shirt under his sweater.
  • Shrinking Violet: Ian the Iguana.
  • Sick Episode: Stays Home From Kindergarten. Happens to the titular teacher, Franny, Lenny, Raffie, and finally the substitute teacher, Mr. Tusky.
  • Slice of Life: Basically everyday life with anthropomorphic animals taking the roles of humans.
  • Sneaking Snacks: Patrica sneaks a cracker on the bus ride during her first day.
  • Stealth Pun: Wanda is a Wild West Wolf.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Some of the students' are revealed in Celebrates The 100th Day Of kindergarten, as shown on their "I Could Eat 100 [Food]s" drawings.
    • Potato Chips for Adam.
    • Peanuts for Brenda.
    • Ice Cream Cones for Christopher.
    • Bananas for Gwen.
    • Candies for Henry.
    • Pickles for Ian.
    • Crackers for Kiki.
    • French Fries for Noah.
    • Apples for Patricia.
    • Watermelon for Quentin.
    • Pizza for Tommy.
    • Grapes for Ursula.
  • The Von Trope Family: Sarah Von Hoff.
  • World of Funny Animals


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