The Classroom at the End of the Hall

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Strange things are happening in the classroom at the end of the hall, like a chalk dust genie that appears while the erasers are being cleaned, and the new art teacher who resembles a stick figure.

Strange things are happening in the classroom at the end of the hall, like a chalk dust genie that appears while the erasers are being cleaned, and the new art teacher who resembles a stick figure.

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Overview

Strange things are happening in the classroom at the end of the hall, like a chalk dust genie that appears while the erasers are being cleaned, and the new art teacher who resembles a stick figure.

Strange things are happening in the classroom at the end of the hall, like a chalk dust genie that appears while the erasers are being cleaned, and the new art teacher who resembles a stick figure.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Peculiar happenings are the norm in the classroom that serves as the setting for this droll collection. Occasionally reminiscent of Louis Sachar's Wayside School stories, these cleverly crafted episodes likewise make the impossible highly entertainingand at times strangely plausible. Nimbly shifting perspectives, the narrator focuses on various students' encounters with such creatures as a genie who appears from a cloud of chalk dust and grants the ill-conceived wish of the class "Pain-in-the-Neck" to become the teacher; a hairy pest that takes over a girl's hopelessly messy desk; a witch who upstages the class braggart during a Halloween party; and a bug that whispers answers in a girl's ear, breaking her of the habit of copying off her classmates' papers. Lacing his stories with waggish wordplay and humorous asides, first-time author Evans conveys worthy messages with a lighthearted subtlety. A refreshing debut, and a good choice for a middle-grade classroom read-aloud. Ages 8-12. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Evans introduces us to the strangest elementary school classroom in the world. Di Fiori's pictures illustrate the strangeness perfectly-and the children who happen to be in it have some very odd adventures. Suspend all disbelief, because these adventures are fun!
School Library Journal
Gr 5 UpThese 11 short stories all take place in the "classroom at the end of the hall" where strange things happen. Unfortunately, the actual tales do not hold up to the promise of the premise. The lead characters are all stereotypical, classroom types: The Trouble Maker, The Day Dreamer, The One with the Messy Desk, etc. The characters are cured of their problematic characteristics through some sort of supernatural intervention. The Troublemaker spends the day transformed into the tall teacher (who has no name) and realizes how hard it is to have a kid like himself in the class. Emily has a Messy-Desk Pest that teaches her the value of neatness. A child learns not to look at other student's papers for answers, another not to day-dream. Even Di Fiori's charming line drawings scattered throughout don't take these stories beyond a one-dimensional plane. These morality tales seem to be created for lesson plans rather than to amuse and inform their intended audience.Lisa Von Drasek, Brooklyn Public Library
Hazel Rochman
nger for reading aloud. With an edge of fantasy, the 11 loosely connected stories in this beginning chapter book capture the daily goings-on in a typical third-grade classroom. The magic gives a push to the kids' self-esteem: the non-reader finds himself in a book and learns to read; the shy speaker gets help from the bug in her ear and then finds she can manage without him; the bragger gets her comeuppance from a real witch. Some of the messages are just too heavy and obvious. What children will enjoy is the funny exaggeration of a third-grade classroom--exactly what is in a messy desk; exactly what the class pest does to gross you out. The "tall teacher" in the background connects the stories, and he is, in fact, the most interesting character, in need of his coffee to stop his yawns in the morning, his ears bright red when he's angry. Larry Di Fiori's small cartoon illustrations are appropriately comic and deadpan.
Kirkus Reviews
The Classroom At The End Of The Hall ( Aug. 15, 1996; 132 pp.; 1-886910-07-3): A collection of stories about events in a weird classroom, where various creatures, including a genie, an intelligent doodlebug, and possibly a ghost, may live. Students learn the value of trying harder, doing their own work, appreciating their hardworking teacher, not daydreaming, and even keeping their desks neat. The instruction is only thinly cloaked in tall-tale humor and cartoony black-and-white drawings; Evans's first book is one educators may like but few children will finish.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886910072
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 5/2/1992
  • Pages: 138
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Evans is the author of MVP*, Apple Island, and the previous collections of classroom tales: Math Rashes and The Classroom at the End of the Hall. He has a master's degree in education and has taught for fifteen years in settings ranging from a small logging town in Oregon to international schools in Helsinki and London. He currently lives in Berkeley, California.

Larry Di Fiori has illustrated over sixty books for children, including the books of classroom stories by Douglas Evans, and has created pictures for Parents, Sesame Street, and Scholastic magazines. He lives in New Canaan, Connecticut.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2013

    Great Book

    I've read this book 5 times

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  • Posted July 2, 2013

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    The Classroom at the End of the Hall by Douglas Evans is a fun c

    The Classroom at the End of the Hall by Douglas Evans is a fun chapter book that will even get reluctant readers to keep turning the pages.  As a teacher, I saw some of my students in these characters and I am sure children will be able to identify with them as well.  Whether they see themselves or someone in their class, there is enough fun, exaggeration, and peculiarities in the room at the end of the hall for everyone.  This story would be great as a read aloud too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2004

    Very well done. Highly recommended.

    Enter W.T. Melon Elementary School and join the third-graders in the classroom at the end of the hall. Some very odd things happen in that special classroom. Mr. Leeks, the custodian, tells everyone who will listen that he hears noises coming from inside that room, even late at night. Once, Mr. Leeks was outside cleaning and looked through the classroom window only to see someone sitting at the teacher's desk! Mr. Leeks promises that he saw the ghost of W.T. Melon sitting there, plain as day, teaching an invisible class. Of course, that is impossible since Mr. Melon died over twenty years ago. ............................... While you read about the third-graders in the classroom at the end of the hall, you will watch nine kids have some amazing things happen to them. For example, Roger is the class Pain-in-the-Neck. But after a visit from a dust genie that changes. Then there is Emily who is a very tidy girl, except for her desk. When a desk pest makes her desk his home, she changes her ways. Let us not forget Kenneth either. He finds reading to be difficult. But a magical book that tells the future makes reading a joy. ................................... ***** Nine tales grace this book's pages. Each story is accompanied by wondrous illustrations that will bring any young child's imagination to life. This is perfect as a first chapter book for pre-schoolers, if parents have been helping their child to read early. Most kids will be able to read it by first or second grade. Parents would do well to purchase this book and read one story (one chapter) to their children before putting them to bed. It not only makes for wonderful bed time tales, but also help the kids get an early start on reading. The stories are so delightful that children may ask for a story from this book, instead the normal ones. Very well done! Highly recommended! *****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2001

    2001 stars

    This is the best book I have ever read besides APPLE ISLAND the prequil and the SKIN I'M IN. Dougles Evens has a very creative mind and is just full of surprises. I hope even adults read this book even thought it is a 3rd grade reading level. I't wounderful!! SO READ IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2001

    The Classroom at the End of the Hall Review

    This book was a really exciting book about the students in the class at the end of the hall. There is something weird with each student. You can help solve some mysteries about the Clasroom at the end of the hall while your reading. I think people who like funny books would really enjoy reading a book like this. Every chapter has at least five funny things in it.

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