Miss Daisy Is Crazy! (My Weird School Series #1)

Miss Daisy Is Crazy! (My Weird School Series #1)

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by Dan Gutman, Jim Paillot
     
 

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With more than 10 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!

For A.J. and the gang at Ella Mentry School, weirdness and fun are all part of the routine. In this first book in the outrageously funny series that has reached millions of readers around the world, second-grade teacher Miss Daisy is in over her head. She doesn't

Overview

With more than 10 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!

For A.J. and the gang at Ella Mentry School, weirdness and fun are all part of the routine. In this first book in the outrageously funny series that has reached millions of readers around the world, second-grade teacher Miss Daisy is in over her head. She doesn't even know how to add or subtract! But the kids have other things on their minds. Principal Klutz has promised that if they read a million pages in books, they can turn the school into a video-game arcade for one whole night!

One thing's for sure—life at Ella Mentry School is never going to be the same again! Perfect for reluctant readers and word-lovers alike, My Weird School has something for everyone.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Well tailored for beginning and reluctant readers, this light, appealingly goofy debut tale in the My Weird School series features short chapters, a relatively large typeface and ample cartoon-style illustrations. On the first day of second grade, narrator A.J. introduces himself to his new teacher by announcing that he likes football and video games-and hates school. He and his classmates are shocked when Miss Daisy replies, "You know what, A.J.? I hate school too." And then she confides that she doesn't understand arithmetic and that she can't read, slyly soliciting her students' help in both subjects. The kids conclude that she just might be an imposter, but wisely decide not to tell the principal, thinking that she'll be replaced by a "real teacher" who knows the three Rs, and then they'll have to learn "all that stuff." The kids' attempts to educate their teacher allows Gutman to slip a sprinkling of math challenges and vocabulary definitions into his breezy narrative, but the lesson of the day here is fun rather than facts. As affable as Miss Daisy, the school's principal goes to the head of the class in the series' second installment, Mr. Klutz Is Nuts! (ISBN 0-06-050700-4), also due this month. Ages 7-10. (July) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A. J. hates school and wants to make sure that everyone—his teacher, his principal, his classmates, and even the local football hero—knows it. Luckily, he attends a "weird" school where his teacher, Miss Daisy, doesn't know anything and hates school too. The kids think Miss Daisy is crazy, but cool, so they spend all day teaching her arithmetic, reading, and writing, so she won't get fired, and they won't get stuck with a real teacher. As the book progresses the savvy young A. J. suspects that Miss Daisy may not be as ignorant as she seems, but instead, tricking them into learning. He is never quite sure and in the end is having so much fun reading and playing video games with his gorilla costumed principal that he doesn't really care. Gutman's strong voice in this humorous school tale would make this a delightful classroom read aloud. The pictures are cartoons and make connections between the humorous descriptions and reality. This is the first book in the "My Weird School" series. 2004, Harper Trophy/HarperCollins, Ages 7 to 10.
—Mary Helen Sheriff
Kirkus Reviews
What's up with Miss Daisy? She can't spell, doesn't understand math, and cannot read or write. If it were up to her, the second-graders in her charge would have recess all day. A.J. doesn't like school-he thinks it's a "dumb thing that grown-ups thought up so they wouldn't have to pay for baby-sitters." In the tradition of Sachar, Pilkey, Pinkerton, and Scieszka, Gutman makes a splash with his new series for the just-ready-for-chapter-books readers. When Miss Daisy can't understand multiplication, her helpful class explains it. When she can't spell a word, her students teach her. Cartoon illustrations, ample white space, and a generous font make this inviting for the newest readers. And once they accept the invitation, they will read and share the silly situations with each other. Best of all, the second in the series (Mr. Klutz Is Nuts) has a simultaneous publication, so their enthusiasm will instantly be rewarded. A sure-fire hit for the most reluctant reader. (Fiction. 6-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061973291
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/06/2009
Series:
My Weird School Series , #1
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
119,676
Lexile:
700L (what's this?)
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
6 - 10 Years

Read an Excerpt

My Weird School #1: Miss Daisy Is Crazy!

Chapter One

"My name is A.J. I like football and video games, and I hate school." Our teacher, Miss Daisy, was taking attendance. It was the first day of second grade. Miss Daisy told everyone in the class to stand up, say our name, and say something about ourself.

All the kids laughed when I said I hated school. But there was nothing funny about it. I have learned a lot in my eight years. One thing I learned is that there is no reason why kids should have to go to school.

If you ask me, kids can learn all we need to learn by watching TV. You can learn important information like which breakfast cereal tastes best and what toys you should buy and which shampoo leaves your hair the shiniest. This is stuff that we'll need to know when we grow up.

School is just this dumb thing that grown-ups thought up so they wouldn't have to pay for baby-sitters. When I grow up and have children of my own, I won't make them go to school. They can just ride their bikes and play football and video games all day. They'll be happy, and they'll think I'm the greatest father in the world.

But for now, I wanted to let my new teacher Miss Daisy know from the very start how I felt about school.

"You know what, A.J.?" Miss Daisy said, "I hate school too."

"You do?"

We all stared at Miss Daisy. I thought teachers loved school. If they didn't love school, why did they become teachers? Why would they ever want to go to a school as a grown-up? I know that when I'm a grownup, I'm not going to go anywhere near a school.

"Sure I hate school," Miss Daisy continued. "If Ididn't have to be here teaching you, I could be home sitting on my comfortable couch, watching TV and eating bonbons."

"Wow!" we all said.

"What's a bonbon?" asked Ryan, a kid with black sneakers who was sitting next to me.

"Bonbons are these wonderful chocolate treats," Miss Daisy told us.

"They're about the size of a large acorn, and you can pop the whole thing right in your mouth so you don't need a napkin. I could eat a whole box of bonbons in one sitting."

"They sound delicious!" said Andrea Young, a girl with curly brown hair. She was sitting up real straight in the front of the class with her hands folded like they were attached to each other.

Miss Daisy seemed like a pretty cool lady, for a teacher. Anybody who hated school and liked to sit around watching TV and eating chocolate treats was okay by me.

Me and Miss Daisy had a lot in common. Maybe going to school wouldn't be so terrible after all.

Miss Daisy said it was time for us to clear off our desks and see how much we knew about arithmetic. Ugh!

"If I gave you fifty-eight apples and Principal Klutz took twenty-eight of them away," Miss Daisy asked, "how many apples would you have left? A.J.?"

"Who cares how many apples you would have left?" I said. "I hate apples. If you ask me, you and Principal Klutz can take all the apples away and it wouldn't bother me one bit."

"You would have thirty apples," said that girl Andrea Young in the front of the class. She had a big smile on her face, like she had just opened all her birthday presents. Andrea Young thinks she's so smart.

"I hate arithmetic," I announced.

"You know what?" Miss Daisy said. "I hate arithmetic too!"

"You do?" we all said. "Sure! I don't even know what you get if you multiply four times four."

"You don't?"

"I have no idea," Miss Daisy said, scratching her head and wrinkling up her forehead like she was trying to figure it out. "Maybe one of you kids can explain it to me?"

Boy, Miss Daisy was really dumb! Even I know what you get when you multiply four times four. But that smarty-pants-I-know-everything-girl Andrea Young beat me to it and got called on first.

"If you put four crayons in a row," she told Miss Daisy as she put a bunch of crayons on the top of her desk, "and you make four rows of four crayons, you'll have sixteen crayons. See?" Then she counted the crayons from one to sixteen.

Miss Daisy looked at the crayons on Andrea's desk. She had a puzzled look on her face.

"I'm not sure I understand," she said. "Can somebody else explain it to me?"

Michael Robinson, this kid wearing a red T-shirt with a dirt bike on it, explained four times four again, using pencils. He had sixteen pencils on his desk, in four rows of four pencils. Miss Daisy still had a look on her face like she didn't understand.

"What would happen if you subtracted half of the pencils?" she asked.

Michael took away two of the rows of pencils and put them in his pencil box. "Then you would have eight pencils!" we all said.

Andrea Young added, "Half of sixteen is eight."

Miss Daisy wrinkled up her forehead until it was almost like an accordion. She still didn't get it! She started counting the pencils on Michael's desk out loud and using her fingers. She got it all wrong. We all gathered around Michael's desk and tried to explain to Miss Daisy how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers using the pencils.

Nothing worked. Miss Daisy had to be the dumbest teacher in the history of the world! No matter how many times we tried to explain, she kept shaking her head.

"I'm sorry," she said. "It will take me a while to understand arithmetic. Maybe you can explain it to me more tomorrow. For now we have to clean off our desks because Principal Klutz is going to come in and talk to us."

My Weird School #1: Miss Daisy Is Crazy!. Copyright © by Dan Gutman. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Dan Gutman is the New York Times bestselling author of the Genius Files series. He is also the author of the Baseball Card Adventure series, which has sold more than 1.5 million copies around the world, and the My Weird School series, which has sold more than 9 million copies.

Thanks to his many fans who voted in their classrooms, Dan has received nineteen state book awards and ninety-two state book award nominations. He lives in New York City with his wife, Nina. You can visit him online at www.dangutman.com.


Jim Paillot lives in Arizona (another weird place) with his weird wife and two weird children. Isn't that weird?

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Miss Daisy Is Crazy! 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 150 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My 9 year old son loves these books and always looks for the next one to be released!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a funny book. My daughter enjoys the stories and the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The entire series of My Weird School is so funny that we all enjoyed it. My son & I began reading these when he entered 2nd grade they were great books that kept his interest and made him want to read more--we have all of them! We also told his classroom teacher and she has since purchased them for her class, and the kids loved them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ummm........it is very funny and that is it really!!!!! That was what my friend thought.
JacksonAndLaurenMom More than 1 year ago
Bought this book for my 9 year old. If your child is an average reader this will entertain him or her. However if your child is an above average reader as is with my son. He became bored with this. He said it was too obvious but still found it funny. My 5 year old is just beginning to read and she found it more entertaining. The humor is more towards 5-7 year olds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is a wonderful bbok for beginning chapter readers, especially boys! These books are very untraditional reads in the classroom, which I enjoy. The books lead you through school from a boy named A.J.'s perspective. He loves sports, video games, and t.v. but HATES school. Oddly enough he finds out that he has a lot in common with his second grade teacher, Miss Daisy. This book is just a very fun read with all young/beginning readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOL!! I LOVE WEIRD SCHOOL BOOKS! becuse they are really funny!! Lol.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is easy and affordable.
2boysandwill More than 1 year ago
My son became interested in the series in class, now, he totally LOVES these books. His reading has become better and he enjoys the stories.
hayesave More than 1 year ago
I read this to my kindergarten class in the after school program. We all loved it enough that we are now going to read the whole series. Right now we are reading Mr. Klutz is Nutz and having a ball with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best kids comidy book i've ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for ages 8 and under, but chances are the whole family will find it funny! The main character says that he hates school, so his teacher Miss Daisy comes up with ways for them to love school. She says she doesn't know anything AT ALL and they will have to teach her. The students promise to help her learn everything she needs to know, at least through second grade level (since she is a second grade teacher). Very funny book! ****FOR PARENTS STRICT ON LANGUAGE: The only two words I would warn you of are dumb and butt. You might need to explain to smaller children that this is only a book and we don't call other people dumb.
Becky_aka_mom More than 1 year ago
My nine year old hated to read. It has been such a struggle to get him in to any book. I happened to find Miss Daisy is Crazy at a book fair and thought he could try it out. He loved it! He even pointed out to me that there were other books and asked if I could get them for him. We read 15-30 minutes a day and I usually have to tell him to stop. So far he has read five of them and we have just ordered the sixth one. Best of all I even enjoy them and sometime AJ even makes me laugh!
Marie Fattell More than 1 year ago
I loved it great book
trumfelt More than 1 year ago
My 5 year old daughter loves this book. The storyline is great and keeps her attention to the end. I would recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 7 Year old daughter had to do a book report and this book was on the list. It was a quick read for her and she did enjoy the book. I don't think she understood, how Miss Daisy was actually teaching. But she did enjoy it and so did I .
RachelNJ More than 1 year ago
I bought Miss Patty is Batty for my 7-year old step-daughter and she thought it was hilarious. We had a lot of fun reading it, and she gets absorbed into the story. She can identify with the characters, she can understand the kids and their personalities, she finds a lot of humor in AJ and his comments. I got her another one and she finished it very quickly, and this year's Christmas present was 4 more books to add to her collection. I'm sure we'll enjoy each one.
ZlowsMom More than 1 year ago
This was our first venture into the My Weird School series and we will definitely be back. My first-grader thought it was hilarious. He came up with his own version of what he'd turn his school into if he could buy it - a big imagination booster. He was able to read it "all by himself" which made it that much more fun. He's got the next three on his Christmas list!
Anonymous 12 months ago
This book was funny and it was fun I love the pictures and I would recomend this book to everyone!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss your hand and post this on three other books then look under your pillow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 5 yr old loves it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny, short short story
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All books hav incorrect grammar