Congratulations, Miss Malarkey!

Congratulations, Miss Malarkey!

by Judy Finchler, Kevin O'Malley
     
 

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Miss Malarkey has been acting strange lately. Whether she's singing down the halls or laughing with Principal Wiggins, her students are beginning to wonder-is she leaving school? Miss Malarkey is definitely hiding something, but it's only a matter of time before she spills the beans about her big day-and her students are all invited to join the fun!

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Miss Malarkey has been acting strange lately. Whether she's singing down the halls or laughing with Principal Wiggins, her students are beginning to wonder-is she leaving school? Miss Malarkey is definitely hiding something, but it's only a matter of time before she spills the beans about her big day-and her students are all invited to join the fun!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Something strange is going on with Miss Malarkey: she's giggling in the halls and singing to herself at school. The students in her class speculate on her malfunction-maybe she's "going to be in a movie" or "going to become an astronaut and fly to Mars"-but when she begins teaching a unit on various marriage customs, her students start to guess it's something a little closer to home. O'Malley's artwork is plenty expressive, and those with a favorite teacher should be able to relate to the students' concerns, despite the book's predictable outcome. Ages 4-8. (Aug.)

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Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
This is a new and humorous addition to the Miss Malarkey stories. The illustrations, done with markers and colored pencils, show Miss Malarkey in love. But the kids in the class, especially the boys, do not understand what is going on. There is a concern that their favorite teacher may be planning to leave and she is the best teacher they have ever had. Then Miss Malarkey teaches them about wedding customs around the world, some they find interesting, some they find icky, and one or two that are even cool. The class is let in on Miss Malarkey's secret when they receive invitations to her wedding. The kids get dressed up, Mr. Buffup, the school custodian looks like a million bucks, and Principal Wiggins escorts the bride down the aisle. The kids are relieved to find that their teacher plans to return after her honeymoon. And, although her husband's last name is Fulla, she is not going to use the hyphenated name of Mrs. Fulla-Malarky. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—What is happening to Miss Malarkey? Her students are concerned about their beloved teacher because she is singing in the halls and laughing with the principal. Maybe she's won a lot of money, or perhaps she's going to quit and become an astronaut. Most of the boys think it's weird when she starts a unit on wedding customs, but the girls are fascinated. The inquisitive narrator's fears build until he learns that she is about to reveal a secret to the class. Each student receives an invitation to attend Miss Malarkey's marriage to Bob Fulla. Yes, the joke is obvious: Should they call her Mrs. Fulla-Malarkey? The authors take liberal license to make that groaner since a maiden name usually comes before the hyphen, not after. Cartoon illustrations drawn with markers and colored pencils round out the humor in this picture book, which includes a variety of layouts and changes in perspective. This is a light bit of entertainment that youngsters are sure to enjoy despite a somewhat contrived story line. The snippets about marriage customs provide a springboard to discuss different cultures. The voice of the narrator reflects the kinds of observations young boys like to make: "The guy Miss Malarkey was gonna marry had a big chin." "I even saw Principal Wiggins laugh so hard…that his hair almost slipped off." This latest installment in the series will be a hit.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
Kirkus Reviews
"Miss Malarkey has been acting really strange lately." She sings to herself as she walks down the hall, she and her teacher friends giggle together, the words "quitting teaching" have been whispered and she inflicts an incredibly boring unit on weddings on the whole class in World Cultures: "Yuck!" Readers will tumble to the answer long before Miss Malarkey hands out invitations to her wedding, finally enlightening her students, but they'll also recognize the children's anxiety at the unsettling change in their beloved teacher. While the climax is decidedly anticlimactic-she returns after her honeymoon and tells the narrator to call her "Mrs. Malarkey"-the emotional journey of the children is both very real and rarely seen in books for this age. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802722935
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Series:
Miss Malarkey Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Judy Finchler is the co-author of the beloved Miss Malarkey series. She is a retired elementary school teacher and librarian from Parsippany, New Jersey.
KEVIN O'MALLEY is the co-author and illustrator of the popular Miss Malarkey series as well as the award-winning Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude and the national bestseller Gimme Cracked Corn and I Will Share. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
www.booksbyomalley.com

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