This hilarious collection of letters from Michael to his new teacher comes packed with alligators, pirates and rocket-ships, and much, much more.
Can Michael's imagination save him from the first day of school?
"Husband's bright, doodle-like illustrations and dynamic letters will help readers realize real-life escapades can be as fun as imaginary ones." - Publishers Weekly
"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 to the zoo. The boldly colored artwork is not sophisticated, and the reader could believe that a child did them. Boy readers will like the book as well reluctant readers. It is fun and colorful, imaginative and thought provoking. It would be a fun read-along with a discussion on Predicting what comes next. Recommended." - Library Media Connection" - Library Media Connection
"Kids will love the lighthearted artwork, Miss Brooks' thoughtful replies to Michael's outrageous correspondence and the international adventures that threaten to keep him out of school." - L.A. Parent
"This entertaining book is perfect for the beginning of school - and the best letter is the last, a postcard from the zoo field trip to his mom and dad where he explains that he'll be staying at the zoo to work with the wild animals." - Colorado Parent
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From Dear Teacher:
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to school for the start of the new year. I hope you have had a really fun break and are ready to dive into lots of learning!
This year your class will be working especially hard in math, history, geography, and English. I am sure that if you study carefully, you will find those spelling tests can be a fun challenge!
Your new teacher is called Miss Brooks. She has all sorts of exciting plans for the new year. We look forward to seeing you on Monday.
Mr. N. T. Grindstone
I might be a bit late for the first day of school. The weirdest thing happened today. The head of the secret service turned up! They need me for a special secret mission to find a missing explorer. I did mention the math test, but he just said that the future of the country depends on me. I couldn't say no. Sorry Miss Brooks.
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