Teacher Discount Club
Author: Husband, Amy
Number Of Pages: 24
Release Date: 01-07-2010
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Can Michael's imagination save him from the first day of school?
Dear Teacher is a hilarious collection of letters from Michael to his new teacher explaining why he can't go to class. From traveling to the pyramids of Egypt to getting attacked by pirates and going to the moon in a rocket ship, each letter is increasingly outlandish and covered with Michael's incredibly funny sketches from his many "adventures."
When Michael's teacher writes back telling him how sorry she is he'll miss all of the exciting school activities planned for the year, Michael realizes all the fun he'd really miss out on.
Get ready for school to start with this sweet and silly first day jitters book. Perfect for a teacher to use in the classroom, or for families to read together at home before going back to school.
From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2–This humorous back-to-school book begins with a letter to a student from Principal N. T. Grindstone welcoming him back to school and promising lots of hard work in the year ahead. Following is a series of notes to his new teacher from the highly imaginative Michael, explaining the reasons for his lateness and subsequent absence; “The head of the secret service turned up…I did mention the math test, but he said the future of the country depends on me.” Readers follow Michael on the hunt for a missing explorer from the top of Mount Everest through the Egyptian pyramids and the Amazon, by way of a rather sinister pirate ship. The child ends up not returning to school at all, but instead finds himself on another mission of epic proportions. Or does he? The illustrations and text look as if they are the work of Michael himself, and the postscripts are often laugh-worthy (“P.S. It's probably best not to mention this to Mom if you see her in the supermarket again.”) This book is well positioned for the back-to-school crowd and is a fun choice for children who are a little young for Jeff Kinney's “Wimpy Kid” books (Abrams) but enjoy a similar format. The illustrations will empower readers to believe they can write a similar story. This one is more enduring than most back-to-school titles.
Alison Donnelly, Collinsville Memorial Public Library, IL
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Each vertical, double-page spread in this inventive title is a letter from young Michael to his new teacher explaining why he may be late for the first day back at school: the Secret Service is sending him with his dog on a mission, in which he must rescue an explorer stuck on Mount Everest, race on a motorcycle to the pyramids, walk the plank for pirates, and much more until, finally, NASA decides to send him to the moon. The wild, colorful illustrations show the imaginative play, and kids with back-to-school panic will find comic relief in these over-the-top scenes. Grades K-2. --Hazel Rochman
""The wild, colorful illustrations show the imaginative play, and kids with back-to-school panic will find comic relief in these over-the-top scenes." " -
"Husband's bright, doodle-like illustrations and dynamic letters will help readers realize real-life escapades can be as fun as imaginary ones." -
"It just may be our favorite back-to-school read yet." -
""When Michael gets a letter from the principal telling him about his new teacher, he decides he is not going back to school in the autumn. He sends a series of creative letters to his teacher saying why he won't be in class when school starts. He imagines many adventures from skiing down Mt. Everest, riding a motorcycle around the pyramids in Egypt, taking a raft down the Amazon River where he finds hidden treasure, being attacked by pirates, chasing pirates on the Orient Express. His faithful dog goes on all these adventures with him. By the end of the book Michael does go to school and is having a great time on a field trip t
Package Dimensions: 9.7 x 9.6 x 0.2 inches