The Drop-Off by Fiona Harris & Mike McLeish. (2020).
**3.5 out of 5 stars**
Everyone knows the school drop-off rules: ‘kiss & go doesn’t mean ‘sit & scroll Insta’; activewear is allowed but pj pants are not; don’t piss off the Alpha mum. Lizzie, Megan and Sam don’t play by the rules. Lizzie is a part-time midwife with 4 kids and a secret past. Sam is a stay-at-home dad whose marriage is on the brink. Megan is a former model with a son, a thriving business and no time for loneliness. None of them are very interested in the world of school concerts and working bees…until the day the lollipop man dies and ruins everything…
My eldest started kindy last year and I entered the world of “the drop-off”, something I was actually a bit nervous about haha. So when I saw the synopsis of this book I was definitely keen to give it a read. There were lots of parts in the story that made me laugh, both because it was funny and also as a parent it felt familiar. Parts of the storyline were also very relatable, while some parts felt dramatic (which felt like it was done on purpose). I think this book would be a good pick for you if you are looking for were an easy read and would be most appreciated by readers who have/had children in primary school. Fun fact: this book was developed from a short web based comedy series which is available online. I looked it up after reading the book and quite enjoyed the quick and funny episodes.