An unsuspecting classroom plays tug-of-war with literary characters in this jubilant and magical picture book from the creator of Mystery Mansion and The Mouse Before Christmas.
When Miss Smith enters class on the first day of school, she seems "very... different from Zack's other teachers": Her spiky red hair and "The Clash" pin aren't the strangest thing about her; it's also the book she reads. When Miss Smith begins a tale from her "incredible storybook," the characters spring to life -- hopping back into the book once the story is finished -- and that week, the class winds up on board a pirate ship, meeting Red Riding Hood and enjoying other characters' company. But when the principal steps in for Miss Smith one morning, a fantasy tale freaks him out, and the room fills suddenly with a mass of characters who aren't happy with the thought of going back to their stories. Kids and fictional figures get into a sour tug-of-war over the book, but thankfully, Miss Smith shows up to set things right.
Michael Garland has dreamed up another colorfully creative book, this time emphasizing reading and imagination. Kids will love seeing the classroom chaos, while parents can appreciate the underlying message. A zany treat on every page. Matt Warner