My Creature Teacher

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Being a creature teacher isn't easy. The classroom needs to be kept spotlessly grim, spooky spelling tests must be given, and, of course, fire-breathing classroom pets must be kept in line! But at the end of the day, little critter students learn to appreciate their creature teacher.

Laura Leuck and Scott Nash team up once again, this time turning the classroom into a somewhat familiar place of tickling laughs and howling fun.

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Overview

Being a creature teacher isn't easy. The classroom needs to be kept spotlessly grim, spooky spelling tests must be given, and, of course, fire-breathing classroom pets must be kept in line! But at the end of the day, little critter students learn to appreciate their creature teacher.

Laura Leuck and Scott Nash team up once again, this time turning the classroom into a somewhat familiar place of tickling laughs and howling fun.

A student describes all the things that his creature teacher does at school.

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Publishers Weekly
Fearsome educators get their due in My Creature Teacher by Laura Leuck, illus. by Scott Nash, narrated by the hero from My Beastly Brother. The hairy fellow rhapsodizes poetic about his stern, but loving, lizard-like teacher: "She takes us out for recess time/ to jump and play in piles of slime." Nash's semi-spooky cartoons are well paired to the mildly subversive rhymes. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Most students would find the format and structure of this imaginary classroom familiar, but they soon discover that the students are monsters and the environment is unusual. The creature teacher is strict and demands that paws are raised before speaking. She keeps the classroom grim with poison ivy, thorns, and things that crawl. Creepy snacks, such as gummy slugs, greasy gopher guts, and tofu crackers must be put away. Spooky spelling tests are written with blood-filled pens. When the beastly bully snatches someone else's beetle ale, the teacher spots him, puts him on a broom, and sends him straight to the headmonster's room. Jumping in piles of slime, climbing rotten apple trees, and dangling from fences on fuzzy knees is fun during recess. At the end of the school day, the students grab their gruesome things and board the ghoul school bus. The creature teacher waves good bye. Young children will enjoy this parody of a classroom and a teacher. A variety of colorful, cartoon-like beasts portray the active and boisterous students, contributing to the humor of the story. 2004, HarperCollins, Ages 5 to 7.
—Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-"My creature teacher's strict and stern-/she growls so I will wait my turn./If we want to howl or shriek/we MUST put up our paws to speak." As she did in My Monster Mama Loves Me (HarperCollins, 1999), Leuck creates a world populated by a variety of beasts with green skin, single eyeballs, and bizarre body proportions who prefer all things macabre and creepy. In tightly rhymed text, a young narrator describes how his teacher drapes the classroom with poison ivy and thorns, lets the children play in the rotten apple trees and slime at recess, and sees them safely onto the "ghoul school bus." Some of the activities can only be described as gross, as the youngster writes with a blood-filled pen and trades his "handwich" for mice on a bun at "crunch time." Nash's young monsters are a weird combination of funny and frightening, which is an exact match for the narrative. While not as graphically disgusting as David Greenberg's Slugs! (Little, Brown, 1983), this title will appeal to an audience with similar taste.-Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Who better to deal with a class of little monsters than a toothy, green-skinned teacher with a lizard's tail and witchy powers? In Nash's otherwise-familiar classroom scenes, many of the children really are juvenile versions of famous Creature Feature creatures: a vampirelet, a loosely-wrapped mummy, a furry wolf-boy, a black-clad child whose last name has to be Addams, and so on. The young narrator regards his "creature teacher" with a mix of respect and affection, whether she's rejecting his " . . . taped and glued / assignments that my werewolf chewed," dispatching a bully to the Principal's office aboard a flying broom, or leading everyone outside "for recess time / to jump and play in piles of slime." Despite plenty of extra limbs and googly eyes, there's not a trace of eeriness here; even sensitive or younger readers will respond with giggles rather than shivers to this tongue-in-cheek tribute-and likely take to heart the closing line: "So if your creature teacher's near- / thank her for her help this year!" Quite a contrast to Edith Pattou's Mrs. Spitzer's Garden, illustrated by Tricia Tusa (2001), but the message is the same. (Picture book. 6-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060296940
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/29/2004
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.26 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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