Substitute Creacher

Substitute Creacher

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by Chris Gall
     
 

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The troublemaking students of Ms. Jenkins' class arrive at school one day to discover a substitute creacher has come to put a stop to their monkey business! He regales them with mind-boggling stories about his former students who didn't follow the rules: Keith the glue-eater, Zach the daydreamer, and Hank the prankster, to name a few. But even this multi

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The troublemaking students of Ms. Jenkins' class arrive at school one day to discover a substitute creacher has come to put a stop to their monkey business! He regales them with mind-boggling stories about his former students who didn't follow the rules: Keith the glue-eater, Zach the daydreamer, and Hank the prankster, to name a few. But even this multi-tentacled, yellow-spotted, one-eyed monster's cautionary tales about the consequences of mischief-making can't seem to change the students' wicked ways until he reveals the spookiest and most surprising story of all: his own.

Chris Gall's vibrant artwork leaps off the page with a dynamic comic book aesthetic that will grab both parents and monster-loving kids!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Six unruly children are in for a shock when a green-speckled, one-eyed, tentacled monster (wearing a neat brown suit) shows up as their substitute teacher. Mr. Creacher also has three eyes on the back of his head, the better to intercept the inevitable tack-on-the-chair prank. He speaks in rhymes—encased in slimy-looking voice bubbles—and informs his disorderly students that, over 49 years, "I've collected some tales/ whose lessons are grave/ about boys and girls/ who didn't behave." He calmly launches into brief cautionary tales of children whose deeds bring big trouble. A glue-eater sticks to everything he touches, a doodler's dragon comes alive, and—worst of all—a boy (named Chris) steals from classmates and is transformed into a monster: " 'Til he repaid his debt,/ a creacher he'd be./ And by now you should know:/ That monster is me." Gall (Dinotrux) illustrates in explosive, cinematic panels; retro Ben-Day dot patterns allude to classic funnies. If the dire warnings fail to inspire repentance, Mr. Creacher's dilemma—and a conclusion that breaks the spell—may warm the cold hearts of defiant substitute baiters. Ages 3–6. (July)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Misbehaving kids meet their substitute—a one-eyed, green-tentacled monster that spouts rhyming cautionary tales of mischievous miscreants. There's Keith, who ate so much glue that random objects started sticking to him; Sara, who stuffed her desk so full of junk that it eventually exploded; Chris, a bully who stole candy from other kids and as punishment was turned into…the monster they see before them. As he gives away the last of the candy he stole long ago, the Substitute Creacher sheds his green skin, turning back into a boy and returning to his long-lost home in the past. Gall's illustrations are colorful and catchy with their comic-book style, but the tone of the text veers wildly from gleeful cautionary tale to maudlin sob story, and the result doesn't quite gel.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
USA Today
"Mr. Creacher's cautionary tales, told in rhyme, are as appealing as Chris Gall's bold, cartoonlike drawings. It's an educational horror story with a happy ending."
starred review Booklist

* "This is a delicious little shocker of a picture book that ought to whip... crowd[s] of youngsters into a shrieking, laughing frenzy."
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* "Combines humor and a touch of magic.... certain to provide more than a few laughs."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "This is a delicious little shocker of a picture book that ought to whip... crowd[s] of youngsters into a shrieking, laughing frenzy."—Booklist, starred review"

Explosive, cinematic panels; retro Ben-Day dot patterns allude to classic funnies."—Publishers Weekly"

Colorful and catchy... [a] gleeful cautionary tale."— School Library Journal

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Mr. Creacher's cautionary tales, told in rhyme, are as appealing as Chris Gall's bold, cartoonlike drawings. It's an educational horror story with a happy ending."—USA Today

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
One October day, Ms. Jackson's class is delighted to learn that they will have a substitute teacher. Mr. Creacher turns out to be not only an unusual character, but also a cautioning, strict disciplinarian who speaks in jaunty rhymed couplets within puddles of green bile. From his files he draws examples of students whose poor behavior brought them to terrible ends. His tales bring interjections from the horrified class. He ends by admitting that his naughtiness as a boy caused him to be cursed. The class, saddened by his story, promises never to torture their teacher again. Mr. Creacher leaves, giving away the last of his candy, to find himself in a surprise happy ending. He is portrayed on the jacket at his desk as a neatly dressed man but with a single eye in his rounded, speckled head and octopus-like tentacles emerging from his pants legs. Gall claims to use fantastic media: "bat wings, toad juice, and the bundled whiskers of a black cat" for his visual telling in comic naturalistic style. The front end pages depict Creacher's shadow leaving a suburban house; on the back end papers the shadow of a young boy rides off on his bicycle to clinch the ending. Some pages are designed like graphic novels with many small framed illustrations of the action. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews

In this cautionary tale that combines humor and a touch of magic, good behavior is the lesson of the day when a particularly naughty class of students has a substitute teacher.

The seven-tentacled, green substitute teacher, Mr. Creacher speaks in rhyme and glares from his single eye (in front that is; he's got three in back). He regales the class with tales of children who failed to behave in school and the fates that befell them. There's Keith, the glue-eater who stuck to all he touched, Zach, the daydreamer who accidentally ate the class pet, and Kylie, the artist, whose drawing came to life and ravaged the classroom. Then, Beauty and the Beast–like, Mr. Creacher reveals that he himself was a naughty child, put under a spell and sentenced to teach children about their wicked ways. It works—the children promise to reform, and with his debt now repaid, Mr. Creacher can return to his own childhood a changed boy. Gall's illustrations use speech bubbles that drip with green slime and graphic-novel elements to great effect, creating artwork that pops off the pages and appears almost three-dimensional. Touches of humor take the edge off some of the more frightening scenes.

Great for both Halloween and the start of a new school year, this is certain to provide more than a few laughs to kids who have seen through Viola Swamp's disguise.(Picture book. 6-10)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316089159
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
07/20/2011
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
377,106
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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