The secret life of teachers comes to the fore in What Do Teachers Do (After You Leave School)? by Anne Bowen, illus. by Barry Gott. Mayhem bursts from the spreads as Gott depicts teachers overtaking the playground ("they zip through the doors,/ yelling, `First on the slide!/ Come on now, let's go/ for a slippery ride' "), eating leftovers and tossing the rest in a "colossal... food fight." Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
- Meredith Kiger
Believe it or not, young children do think teachers live at school, that they do not go home to families of their own. This clever picture book lives out that fantasy in a most appealing way. After the children leave for the day the faculty go wild like a bunch of unruly kids trying everything that students would love to try if the teachers were not looking. The rhyming text and the computer generated illustrations are absurdly perfect in describing the chaos. Even the principal gets involved. Adults and children alike will enjoy this page turner--perfect reading for those first days of school or to break with the "don't smile until December" tradition.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-After the students leave for the day, the teachers at this school are naughty and noisy and break all the rules: dancing in the gym, roller-skating in the halls, stealing leftovers from the cafeteria, and writing on walls. An enormous food fight results in a chaotic, messy time; when the teachers break into the chem lab, they create their own slime! The rhyming text is mostly fine, but occasionally a bit forced: "They change into jeans/and get ready to play./They shout to their friends,/`The day's over! Hooray!'" Gott's computer-generated cartoon illustrations are energetic and colorful with lots of whooshy movement and splashy action, supporting the atmosphere of mayhem and fun. Students may enjoy seeing the wild and crazy side of teachers, although the line between having a good time and being disrespectful to school property seems to be crossed here. Still, it's all in good fun.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.