No More Nasty

No More Nasty

5.0 1
by MacDonald, Cat Bowman Smith
     
 

A wild and funny celebration of individuality!

Eleven-year-old Simon is mortified to discover that his eccentric Aunt Mattie — with her mismatched shoes, huge flowered hat, and incorrigibly rude parrot, Runcible (whose favorite phrase is "Shut up, please!) — is the new substitute teacher for his fifth-grade class. Before long Aunt Mattie turns

Overview

A wild and funny celebration of individuality!

Eleven-year-old Simon is mortified to discover that his eccentric Aunt Mattie — with her mismatched shoes, huge flowered hat, and incorrigibly rude parrot, Runcible (whose favorite phrase is "Shut up, please!) — is the new substitute teacher for his fifth-grade class. Before long Aunt Mattie turns the whole school on its ear with her irreverent ways and teaches Simon's class of "misfits" that they're smarter than they think they are! Who else could have created the prize-winning Mighty Muculent Egg-Breaking and Breakfast-Making Morning-Waking Machine?

Dozens of witty illustrations add to the fun in this hilarious sequel to No More Nice. Here's a book that will have young readers looking at school — and themselves — in a whole new way.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"In the sequel to No More Nice (1996), 11-year-old Simon's rambunctious class is taking bets on how long the new substitute teacher will last. Simon worries that the class will eat her alive, but the sub is his wildly creative, eccentric great-aunt Mattie—and it never pays to underestimate her." —Booklist

Publishers Weekly
Great-Aunt Matilda, Simon's guardian from No More Nice, is back in No More Nasty by Amy MacDonald, illus. by Cat Bowman Smith only this time she is the new substitute in Simon's fifth-grade class. The hero and his classmates are in for a surprise as their classroom is turned upside down and her cockeyed view makes learning fun. (Aug.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
By the creator of Rachel Fister (the one who had a blister, remember her?) here is a follow up to an earlier book, No More Nice. When Mrs. Biggs, fifth grade teacher, fails to show, the class is set for a good old time tormenting the sub—until Simon's great-aunt Matilda walks in. She is the sub? Aunt Mattie? Simon's dismay sets off an eventful and ever-winding plot, made infinitely more complex by Aunt Mattie's utter and unflappable unsinkability. Her unorthodox instructional methods, not to mention her roll-call system, make planned chaos out of rules, and keep both school administration and substitute-savvy fifth graders teetering on their toes. A rollicking, frolicking tale with sharply sketched characters, swift incisive dialogue and the odd literary reference tucked in for the canny reader. 2001, Melanie Kroupa Books/Farrar Straus Giroux, $16.00. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Uma Krishnaswami
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-In this sequel to No More Nice (Orchard, 1996), Simon is used to the kids in the classroom making fun of their mean teacher. However, when she quits and is replaced by his Great-Aunt Matilda, he is left with a dilemma. To the fifth grader, she is both his beloved aunt and an extremely embarrassing figure. He is not ready to acknowledge their relationship even though this leads his classmates to believe that he is a teacher's pet. To them, Mrs. Maxwell deserves the same tricks that they have pulled on all the subs, even though she seems to see through their antics. To the staff, she is an irritant who doesn't show respect for their authority and rules. By the time that she is through with the class, the students will never be the same. Mrs. Maxwell is a colorful figure reminiscent of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle with a better vocabulary and less respect for standard school practices. Simon's reticence to claim his outlandish relative is understandable and makes his efforts to apologize to her for his slight more sincere. The delightful black-and-white illustrations highlight moments of the humorous plot, which readers will enjoy as a read-aloud or read-alone.-Betsy Fraser, Calgary Public Library, Canada Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Chagrined and astounded that unconventional Aunt Mattie is his fifth-grade substitute teacher for the remainder of the year, Simon, from No More Nice (1996), steadily develops as a character. His classmates are determined to maintain their power and reputation for pushing teachers to the limit, but Aunt Mattie profoundly changes their perspective and goals. Though the continuation from the first is smoothly done, this stands alone well. MacDonald uses a timely theme for children who typically feel unbalanced, at this age, by the realization that they are embarrassed in public by things that they are comfortable with at home. Though the message is slightly strong, it is not belabored: regardless of the apparent humiliation, children need to handle their fear of being ridiculed and confidently develop their beliefs. The plot captures immediate interest, which holds up throughout. Line drawings echo the light humor and reflect the text rather than providing additional insight. The humor is enhanced by the silly stereotyped characterizations of the one-dimensional, power-hungry vice principal and the unprincipled rival teacher. Their inane cruelty blinds them to Aunt Mattie's and the children's potential. Their unnecessary wickedness pushes the plot to its conclusion. Slight glimpses into the depth of various characters are seen through Simon, whose major focus is upon himself and his classmates. Leaving room for a welcome third story, this is a fast read for children who want something funny and light. (Fiction. 8-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374355296
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.76(d)
Lexile:
610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Amy MacDonald's books include Rachel Fister's Blister, which appeared on Fanfare, The Horn Book's Honor List, and No More Nice, a Parents' Choice Silver Honor Winner. She lives in Falmouth, Maine.

Cat Bowman Smith has illustrated many books, including No More Nice. She lives in Pittsford, New York.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

No More Nasty 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a delight to revisit Simon and Aunt Mattie! NO MORE NASTY is just as funny and warm as its predecessor, NO MORE NICE. I hope we'll see more from this generous writer. This book will make a perfect gift for the child in your life who loves to laugh and appreciates good writing.