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This hilarious cumulative tale in the tradition of "The House That Jack Built" depicts a typical day at school. This is the teacher all ready for school. These are the students who rush through the door and topple the teacher all ready for school. The chaos continues&150and accumulates&150on each spread.An ant farm is tipped over, the birthday boy slips and spills his cupcakes, and then the class hamster escapes. . . . Through it all, the stalwart teacher manages to keep her cool. But, boy, is she ready ...

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This hilarious cumulative tale in the tradition of "The House That Jack Built" depicts a typical day at school. This is the teacher all ready for school. These are the students who rush through the door and topple the teacher all ready for school. The chaos continues&150and accumulates&150on each spread.An ant farm is tipped over, the birthday boy slips and spills his cupcakes, and then the class hamster escapes. . . . Through it all, the stalwart teacher manages to keep her cool. But, boy, is she ready for bed at the end of the day!

A cumulative rhyme about a teacher's day, from the time the students rush in and drop their lunches, spill the ant farm, and let loose a snake until they file out and head for home.

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Publishers Weekly
"In a This-Is-the-House-that-Jack-Built-style cumulative rhyme and a sense of comic chaos reminiscent of a Mad magazine parody, Greene and Lester deliver a tale about a school day gone bad," PW wrote. Ages 4-up. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
With so many people all gathered together, school is a place where the unexpected is likely to happen. The teacher is ready: her lesson is on the board, her textbook is in hand, a smile in on her face. Then, the students arrive. Suddenly, chaos reigns: sacks of lunches crash on the floor, the ant farm is knocked over, the show-and-tell snake escapes, the birthday cupcakes spill, the loose tooth is lost, the hamster escapes—and much more! An escalating rhyme in the vein of "The House that Jack Built," this wild, wacky story is sure to delight kids, parents, and teachers alike with its many hilarious catastrophes. It should come as no surprise that this crazy chronicle is the brainchild of a former teacher, Rhonda Gowler Greene. Mike Lester's bold, zany illustrations build with dizzying energy toward the story's end, when even the teacher falls over. 2004, Dutton, Ages 4 to 8.
—Heidi Hauser Green
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-This cumulative tale la "The House That Jack Built" details the escapades of a lively group of students. The show-and-tell snake escapes, birthday cupcakes topple, the ant farm breaks, a kamikaze bee attacks, a clogged water fountain floods the hall-and that's not all. Watercolor washes over thick black lines depict the chaos of this classroom gone amok. Splotches and spills abound, enhanced by the sketchy quality of the art; the energetic lines of Lester's cartoons capture the vibrant action. A rhyming couplet introduces each new incident and is followed by rhythmic phrases that emphasize onomatopoeia. With "splats," "eeks," "whacks," and "plops," disasters mount until lunchtime. Then the catastrophes begin anew. On the last page, the poor teacher, harried and exhausted, flops into bed at the end of the day. The story is sure to elicit giggles from the early elementary set and perhaps a bit of sympathy for their teachers as well.-Laurie Edwards, West Shore School District, Camp Hill, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Every teacher knows that some days, no matter how ready for school they are in the morning, they'll leave fit only for bed. In this story told in cumulative rhyme, everything that can go wrong does all in one day. Ants and boas and hamsters escape. Bees and baseballs and rain intrude. Floods flow from water fountains and cupcakes fly. A tooth is lost and so is one student's lunch. Is it any wonder that the teacher of the title can only collapse with her cat when she gets home? Greene's cause-and-effect public service announcement for Murphy's Law and Lester's wacky, inspired illustrations are perfect together. Readers will laugh at the details and enjoy hunting for the hamster on every spread (after he escapes). This one is a perfect back-to-school read-aloud or even a story to end the year. (Picture book. 4-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142406533
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/20/2006
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 235,498
  • Age range: 5 years
  • Product dimensions: 10.02 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2005

    Fun, fun, fun!

    I picked this book up at my pre-school age child's book fair. What a great find!!! My son loves to read this book over and over to the point where he's memorized the story and is reading it back to my husband and I. It's a great story about everything that could go wrong during one day of school. I'm even thinking of buying another copy to give to my sister-in-law who is a teacher and could appreciate all the fun chaos that ensues at school. Enjoy!

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