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Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind

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Principal Wiggins has promised to dye his hair purple and sleep on the school roof if the students read 1,000 books this year, and Miss Malarkey is determined to find the right book for every student, including this story's reluctant-reader narrator. Winning her students over book by book, Miss Malarkey will have students loving to read in no time. As the best selling series continues in paperback, no teacher, librarian, or parent should leave this book behind!

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Overview

Principal Wiggins has promised to dye his hair purple and sleep on the school roof if the students read 1,000 books this year, and Miss Malarkey is determined to find the right book for every student, including this story's reluctant-reader narrator. Winning her students over book by book, Miss Malarkey will have students loving to read in no time. As the best selling series continues in paperback, no teacher, librarian, or parent should leave this book behind!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Speaking of teachers, a favorite returns in Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind by Judy Finchler and Kevin O'Malley, illus. by O'Malley, with a challenge few students can resist. Principal Wiggins promises that if the kids can read 1,000 books by school's end (part of the Everybody Reads in America program), he will dye his hair purple and sleep on the school's roof. Miss Malarkey recruits her students to participate, but finds her biggest obstacle in the narrator himself. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Miss Malarkey announces to the class that the school is participating in the "Everybody Reads in America" program. To make it even more interesting, if the school reads 1,000 books before the end of the school year the principal will dye his hair purple and sleep on the roof of the school. Our young protagonist is not happy because he does not like to read. He wants to spend his time playing video games, drawing, and anything else except reading. When a kid reads a book, a blue ribbon gets put on the wall with the student's name. The challenge for Miss Malarkey is to find a book that even the kids who say they do not like to read will find irresistible. Our guy holds out until the very end, but the teacher succeeds and he really does read a book that is "the greatest book ever." The school, of course, achieves its goal and the principal makes good on his promise. At the end of the book there is a bibliography by the author with titles that were published a few years ago. In addition, there are a couple of parent/teacher resources listed. O'Malley's drawings are full of humor (you need to read some of the text on book jackets, signs, etc. to get some of the humor), and he includes balloons with side comments from the characters.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-During the first week of school, Principal Wiggins promises that if the students read 1000 books by June 12, he will dye his hair purple and sleep on the roof. Miss Malarkey tells her class that they will be doing the Everybody Reads in America program and promises that all of the students will find books they love before the end of the school year. She picks some for each of them, engaging even reluctant readers. One boy remains unable to find a book he likes until June 10, when Miss Malarkey chooses one that has aliens, race cars, funny jokes, chewing gum, hot sauce, and cannonballs. It becomes number 1001 read by the students and the story ends with everyone wishing Principal Wiggins (whose hair is now purple) a good night on the roof. This title will resonate with those who choose math, video games, and sports over books. O'Malley's illustrations, done in markers and colored pencils, enhance the text with expressive pictures of the students and their teacher as they explore (or choose not to explore) the joys of reading. The illustrations lend humor and credibility to the reluctance of some of the students. A must-have for all libraries.-Rebecca Sheridan, Easttown Library & Information Center, Berwyn, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Miss Malarkey, school librarian, has set a goal to have the school read 1,000 books before the end of the school year, and to find a book for each and every student to love. The principal will dye his hair purple and sleep on the roof if they succeed, so the effort is worth it, even when it means getting a crew of video-game aficionados to stick their nose in a book, including the narrator: "I hate reading. . . . I like video games, and so do my friends." It's not that he is predisposed to disliking books. He tries the scary books and the joke books and the adventure books Miss Malarkey gives him, but they are as sand to his eyes. He's just honest. But Miss Malarkey is industrious and full of ideas-amply depicted by O'Malley's warmly emotive artwork, which videophiles will relate to. She finally brings home the bacon with a title that is the narrator's to know and readers to find out (though Finchler lends a hand with solid lists of titles, including one about finding books to love). (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802720986
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 6/22/2010
  • Series: Miss Malarkey Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 49,436
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.54 (w) x 10.24 (h) x 0.17 (d)

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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  • Posted October 18, 2014

    Highly recommended

    This book is a must have for librarians and reading teachers alike. It has a strong message that all reluctant readers need to hear. They need to know that there's a book out there that is just right for them. Once they find that book, it opens up the world to them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Highly Recommended for reluctant readers

    Loved the way the book showed the dedication of a teacher to help a student become interested in Reading! My soon to be 2nd grader identified with Sam. He, too, does not enjoy reading, but this book struck a chord with him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2006

    Another fun story evolves.

    Judy Finchler and Kevin O'Malley's Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind provides another Miss Malarkey tale, this telling of a principal who says he'll dye his toupee purple and sleep on the school's roof if the students read 1,000 books before June. Miss Malarkey is determined to turn her class into readers ¿ including the athletes, artists and video game players. But how? Another fun story evolves.

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