Late for School!


Oh no! Mr. Bungles has overslept and he's going to be late for school. Teachers aren't supposed to be late! Poor Mr. Bungles tries rushing off in his car, the train, and even a hot air balloon, but nothing works. The clock is still ticking. What will he try next?

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Oh no! Mr. Bungles has overslept and he's going to be late for school. Teachers aren't supposed to be late! Poor Mr. Bungles tries rushing off in his car, the train, and even a hot air balloon, but nothing works. The clock is still ticking. What will he try next?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debra Lampert-Rudman
Mr. Bungles is one teacher who is "never, ever, ever" late for school but today is an exception to his rule. The thinly mustached, wide-eyed character forgot to set his alarm clock and his story opens with him fast asleep in ducky pajamas snuggled next to his little brown pup. The rollicking, rhyming text and large, expressive typeface keep readers racing with Mr. Bungles as he jumps out of bed, hurriedly dresses, and has car trouble, misses his train, attempts to ride a bus, an animal control van, a hot air balloon, and a unicycle until he finally has to just use his feet—and still arrives late to school. His students laugh at him as he races inside. But they also bring him water and set him down in a chair as the clock ticks 9:10. The book ends with Mr. Bungles changing his rule to read "Please try your best to be on time for school!!" Child readers will enjoy the story line about turning the tables on the teacher, and the whimsical illustrations add to the book's page-turning action. Reviewer: Debra Lampert-Rudman
School Library Journal

K-Gr 1

"You're late. Tick! Tock! You must have forgotten to set your clock!" Rhythm and rhyme follow a tardy Mr. Bungles as he races to be on time. From end pages that trace his route to brightly colored angles of each page, this book shouts MOTION and encourages listeners to fill in the rhyme with each turn of the page. Readers will find it might take more than just hopping in a car to travel even a short distance. Mr. Bungles's car won't start-he runs for a train. He misses the train and tries for a bus; it's too crowded. He runs for a van, but the van heads in the wrong direction, and Bungles finally returns via hot-air balloon and unicycle. As his name hints, the errant teacher can't seem to do anything right. Cartoon characters in scenes of collage and mixed media follow Mr. Bungles's efforts to watch the clock and avoid breaking his own rule, "Never, ever, ever be late for school!" A colorful selection for all libraries, this book is also a visually stimulating choice for teachers presenting time and transportation or inspiration for young students as the school year resumes.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX

Kirkus Reviews
Mr. Bungles, the teacher, has woken up late! Eyes bulging, he rushes about to get ready for school. But things go from bad to worse when Bungles can't find a shoe and then his car won't start. He must use his noggin to come up with increasingly zany ways to get to school on time. He misses the train, the bus is full, the hot-air balloon gets popped and the unicycle is too tiring. Finally, he relies on his own two feet and runs the rest of the way. Alas, he is still tardy. The events of the morning cause Bungles to reevaluate: He rewrites his stern instructions to his students, adapting his sign to a more generous, "Please try your best to be on time for school!!" Yoshikawa's bright, action-packed illustrations add zest to this fast-paced pleaser and include a clock on each page so kids can watch the minutes tick away. This silly, light snack of a tale shows that even teachers can learn a new lesson. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781575059358
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 788,217
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD170L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Calmenson has written more than 100 books for children. Before turning to writing, she was an early childhood teacher and is happy to report that she always got to school on time. She lives in New York.

Sachiko Yoshikawa has been creating whimsical and vibrant illustrations with collage and mixed media for the past 20 years and has illustrated numerous books for children. She lives in Seattle.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2008

    darling picture book

    What a darling picture book this is! I really loved this book! Mr. Bungles, the teacher, has one rule for his students ¿ never ever be late for school. He oversleeps one morning, and the reader will roar with laughter at the rhyming text, hilarious illustrations, and the modes of transportation that Mr. Bungles uses to get to school on time. Did he make it on time? You'll just have to read this adorable book to find out! This book will teach your child about different vehicles used for transportation you'll have fun helping your child spotting the clock in each illustration so they can see what time it is, and the cleverly written rhyming text will help your child guess the rhyming word before turning to the next page. This book gets a high five from me for fun, for learning, and for having the tables turned on a teacher for a change ¿ every kids' dream! Gayle Jacobson-Huset Managing Editor Stories for Children Magazine

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