Miss Malarkey Won't Be in Today

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Miss Malarkey is stuck at home, delirious and helplessly sick. But she can't help wondering which substitute was called in to teach her class. Her imagination starts running wild, conjuring up all sorts of outrageous and chaotic scenarios. When her speculations get the best of her, Miss Malarkey rushes off to school to stop the madness; but, she is in for a delightful shock when she reaches Room 10.

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Miss Malarkey is stuck at home, delirious and helplessly sick. But she can't help wondering which substitute was called in to teach her class. Her imagination starts running wild, conjuring up all sorts of outrageous and chaotic scenarios. When her speculations get the best of her, Miss Malarkey rushes off to school to stop the madness; but, she is in for a delightful shock when she reaches Room 10.

A teacher imagines the chaos that takes place when she stays home one day because she is sick.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Sometimes even teachers have to stay home when they are sick. Miss Malarkey feels horrible, but she can't stop worrying about the students in her class. She is especially concerned about which substitute Principal Wiggins may have called in. Is it the timid, mousy Mr. LemonJello, or perhaps Mr. Doberman, who used to be a drill sergeant in the Army? Miss Malarkey's imagination (or is it her fever?) gets the best of her and she rushes off to school, fearful of the disasters about to happen in her absence. When she arrives at her classroom, she's in for a big surprise. The colorful and amusing illustrations will keep children laughing throughout the adventure, and substitute teachers might seriously want to consider this as an effective way to break the ice. 2000 (orig. 1998), Walker & Company, $15.95 and $6.95. Ages 5 to 11. Reviewer: Catherine C. Wright
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Miss Malarkey, an elementary school teacher, isn't feeling well and calls in sick. She worries about who'll teach in her place, and how he or she will deal with her class and vice-versa. She imagines different substitutes taking over, from the fearsome Mr. Doberman to the meek pushover, Mr. Lemonjello. Anxious and preoccupied, she rushes to the school. Finding everything quiet, she collapses in the hall outside her classroom. Her students gather around her expressing their concern. As they did in Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10 Walker, 1995 the author and illustrator have created a book full of comic frenzy. The typeface varies in size, font, and boldness while the exaggerated full-color drawings, especially the overblown facial expressions, add to the atmosphere of general mayhem. While the last page misses the mark going for the big laugh, there are more than enough chuckles to entertain listeners or independent readers. Offer this to substitute teachers to use as an icebreaker.-Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
A worthy sequel to Finchler and O'Malley's Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10 (1995). Visions of classroom catastrophes dance in Miss Malarkey's brain when a fever forces her to miss a day of school. Who will Principal Wiggins assign as her substitute? The ferocious Mr. Doberman, whose instructional techniques include intimidation and rigid discipline? Or will it be timorous Mr. Lemonjello, whose nervous twitch and hesitant manner make him an easy target for mischievous pupils? Convinced of impending disaster, she leaps from her sickbed to check on her students and finds a pleasant surprise waiting for her. O'Malley's artwork, filled with humor and strong on facial expressions, conveys all the anxiety a teacher can muster as she speculates about her absence and its consequences. (Picture book. 5-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802775917
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Series: Miss Malarkey Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 510,909
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.51 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Finchler is the author of Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10. She is an elementary school teacher and librarian from Parsippany, New Jersey.

Kevin O'Malley is the illustrator of several children's books from Walker & Company, including Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10. He lives in Baltimore, MD with his wife and sons.

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