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Griffiths's sometimes frantic narrative style, characterized by words in caps and lots of repetition, will draw young readers into this humorous tale of lost treasure and a remarkable substitute teacher. When Mr. Sesoalegre (HappyBrains) comes into 5C, he astonishes Henry and his fellow students with lessons on how to breathe and how to slide on a banana peel, and with his obvious lack of interest in grades and normal subjects like mathematics. When Henry is unfairly sent to the principal's office after an encounter with thugs Fred and Clive Durkin, he learns about a "treasure" buried in the school grounds. The two plot threads come together when Mr. Sesoalegre makes use of his archaeological experience and enlists the entire class on a methodical search for the treasure. Henry's sitcom-style look at the world, Sesoalegre's apparently foolish lessons, and the mystery of the treasure make for an attractive and easy-to-read story. The broad appeal of this book make it suitable for bookstores as well as libraries serving intermediate and junior high students.Coop Renner, formerly from El Paso Independent School District, TXCopyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.