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Mrs. Dole Is Out of Control! (My Weird School Daze #1)

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A.J. and the gang are graduating! But the out-of-control PTA president is turning the whole thing into a huge ceremony complete with fireworks, a petting zoo, and a flyover by the Blue Angels! Is moving up to third grade such a big deal? And what could possibly go wrong?
Paperback, 112 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by HarperTrophy (first published January 1st 2008)
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Gina Weibel
Jul 28, 2010 Gina Weibel rated it did not like it
AWful! Oh no! I picked up the entire set from the library, thinking my 2nd grader could charge through them and have a good time. We each read one book and I rounded them all up and returned the lot before he could read any more.

Very much a Diary of a Wimpy Kid wannabe, the character in this book is sassy, rude and sarcastic to the maximum. As an adult, I was cracking up laughing, but I am terrified by how this character states over and over how much he hates school, rudely demeans other student
Jacqueline Higginbotham
This was a cute, funny book. Young boys will like it.
Jul 20, 2010 Becky rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile, lol
AJ and the rest the My Weird School gang are graduating! Graduating from the second grade that is. Mrs. Dole, the PTA president, wants it to be the most over the top amazing graduation ceremony ever. The kids aren't really opposed to a party, but since the aforementioned Mrs. Dole is out of control, it will be a celebration not to be missed.

Lots of kids at my library love this series. I hadn't really felt like I needed to read it until I saw this article in School Library Journal. A father was
Sterrett Family
Dec 05, 2015 Sterrett Family rated it liked it
Daniel: My favorite part was when Ryan hid under his desk. I really liked this book.

Melissa Bezushko
Dec 30, 2013 Melissa Bezushko rated it liked it
Shelves: for-kate
My 5-year-old is enjoying (listening to) this series. It might be a little old for her, but at least (so far) there aren't any "bad guys." And since she's done Magic Tree House, she wanted to did a new series. Geronimo Stilton was a little on the scary/suspenseful side. So here we go!
Jan 13, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
A.J. (Arlo) and the gang are graduating from second grade into third, and Mrs. Dole, the out of control new PTA president is bent on turning the whole thing into a huge extravaganza complete with fireworks, a petting zoo, and a flyover by the Blue Angels! Even former President Bill Clinton makes an appearance.

My Weird School books are wildly popular in my library so I just had to give one a try. Mrs. Dole is out of Control is book one in a new series – My Weird School Daze. It is full of boy hu
Apr 14, 2016 Shelly rated it liked it
Humorous Realistic Fiction
Gutman, Dan Mrs. Dole is Out of Control (2008) A.J. is telling the story about his friend Ryan’s mom and what she does the last few days of second grade. Mrs. Dole (Ryan’s mom) just became PTA president. A.J. thinks she is crazy because she decides to have a huge graduation ceremony for their class. Ryan is totally embarrassed by his mother. She is constantly getting weepy and telling everyone stories about him as a baby. She is also planning an over the top, with firew
Jan 25, 2009 Daphne rated it it was amazing
I liked the part when it went like "blah blah blah blah blah blah blah".
Jan 25, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Cute and funny. Second graders would love this book.
Jun 08, 2015 Lydia rated it liked it
This book was strange.
Dec 29, 2015 Jnase1 rated it liked it
The second and third graders at my school love these books. They like that they are funny and use words like "shut up" and "butt" as well as the exaggerated humor, some of which they don't always get. What I like about these books are the many idioms contained within each. It might be fun to make a class book about all the idioms and their meanings contained within each book...and you can also use this time, if you so choose, to address why using the words "shut up" and "butt" in school are frow ...more
Sep 02, 2013 Dolly rated it liked it
Recommends it for: children starting to read chapter books
This is the first book in the My Weird School Daze series by Dan Gutman and Jim Paillot.

They are very funny, quick reads and although they are told from a boy's perspective, I think they would appeal equally to boys and girls. This is a fun tale about a second-grade graduation that is completely out of control.

We've read many of these books completely out of order, but it doesn't seem to matter. Now we are going back and starting to read the books we've missed in order.

The dialogue is fresh a
Apr 18, 2014 Maryska rated it it was ok
Shelves: elem-hour
I can see how kids would like this book because it is funny and relate able. My issue with it is the inappropriateness. I would not want my son to read these to be honest. After reading the Magic Tree house it's hard to compare because there is nothing educational or enriching about My Weird School Daze. A.J. the main character picks on the girl in his class, they constantly mention how dumb and boring school is, and this series makes it seem like all adults are crazy. Not a fan
Tricia Thompson
Feb 08, 2016 Tricia Thompson rated it it was amazing
This is the funniest book.
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The out-of-control crazed PTA president is turning second-grade graduation into a bigger affair than a presidential inauguration. By the time the ceremony is over, it will be time to graduate from next year's class. Book #1
Mar 14, 2015 Cecelia rated it it was amazing
Definitely five stars. I loved this one. Ryan's mom is the new PTA president for the school. She plans a crazy graduation. She helps the students make graduation hats and graduation capes. There is a big stage and they march right out of the school into the field where the parents are watching.
Feb 14, 2015 Jordyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I would consider this book for ages 7-9.
It is a good and funny book for little kids.
Buy Dan Gutmans other My Weird School books.
Kyree C
Jun 15, 2012 Kyree C rated it it was amazing
Graduation is a exciting time of the year for students who are moving on to the next grade. You get to dress up and wear a suite and tie and the girls wear pretty dresses,also you get to put on caps and gowns. But for AJ and his classmates they had a wired graduation Mrs. Dole had a petting zoo, fireworks,a rapper,and even a fake President Clinton at their graduation. Mrs. Dole had so much going on that day I think it was to much for a graduation. When they finally walked across the stage AJ thr ...more
Ahmad Hassan
Jul 03, 2010 Ahmad Hassan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book is about a second grade class grauation .In this book the pta president goes overboard by bringing things that were not nessecasy. At the graudation thier was a petting zoo ,eternal flames and much many more.Then when it was to throw the hats in the air and then Aj throw his hat so high that it hit the eternal flames causing a fire. Then the place went wild.Peiople were running for thier lives. Then the petting zoo caught on fire .The animal wre running everywhere. After the fire stop ...more
Jul 28, 2008 Karla rated it liked it
Recommends it for: reluctant readers
Shelves: children-s
The "My Weird School" series is great for young readers who are just beginning to tackle chapter books. The series follows AJ and his friends throughout their wacky adventures in second grade. Each book focuses on the seemingly bizarre behavior of a staff member at "Ella Mentry" grade school. Mrs. Dole is a PTA member who can't seem to stop planning "big" events, and really overdoes the second grade "graduation".

Although this last one wasn't as good as "Mrs. Kormel is Not Normal" or "Mrs. Roopy
Dec 28, 2014 Kflowers rated it it was amazing
This was my first read EVERY! I really thought it was funny and want to read the next one. It was the perfect book.
Jan 09, 2016 Paula rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
LOL This book is funny! It reminded me of when I was a kid and how crazy parents got and went overboard.
Mrs. Lapacka
Jan 24, 2012 Mrs. Lapacka rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. Parts of it were funny, and I can see them appealing to kids, but it also tried a little too hard. The main character comes across as a brat who never gets corrected for his behavior, and the adults were all portrayed as idiots. As the mother of a first grader and a teacher, I know that kids learn lingo from one another that their parents don't always love, but a lot of the dialogue between the kids felt false to me. Hold this book up against 'The Magic Tre ...more
Natalie VanDusen
Oct 15, 2015 Natalie VanDusen rated it liked it
Shelves: real-life, humorous
Pretty funny. Reminds me of Wayside, for a younger audience.
Bailey Hauge
Nov 01, 2015 Bailey Hauge rated it it was amazing
Amazing, awesome, cool.
Ifeyinuwa Otigba
Aug 12, 2011 Ifeyinuwa Otigba marked it as to-read
Mrs.Dole is the new pta president and Mrs.Davisy is late so Mrs.Dole[Ryan mother:]is ther until Mrs.Davisy come in. Mrs.Dole want a big graduation. Mrs.Dole want them to give Mrs.Davisy a gift. The next day they give everyone give her a box of Bonbons know she is start to get fat. On their big day Mrs.Dole went so overboard she rent a farm of animal, their graduation was outside on the school playground, and thier was a bowl of fire to represents the remindes the good times their childern had in ...more
Jan 19, 2015 Shelli rated it it was amazing
Dan Gutman understands young reader’s humor and has created a fantastic book formula to draw in even the most reluctant of readers. The My Weird School series is perfect for students to practice their reading skills with its repetitive yet hysterical narrative and story lines. But don’t mention that part to your kiddos, they might run away in fear they could learn something. A must have collection for any grade school library or classroom!
Miss Ryoko
Oct 16, 2011 Miss Ryoko rated it it was ok
Actual rating: 2.5

I have mixed feelings about this book... some parts of it were funny and cute, and other parts were just obnoxious... some of the repetition of the "funny stuff" was a little obnoxious, but it wasn't a bad book. I checked it out to see if I could read to my kids before rest time...and this book most definitely is not appropriate for my class. LOL - but I think kids would enjoy this series for it's silliness and fun characters.
May 11, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it
My son and I laughed a lot with this book. Good timing since he is "graduating" 5 th grade soon
Jan 18, 2011 Kelly added it
Um, it's a weird book, but I think the author knows that. He pretends like the character takes everything literally, like going overboard means someone's going over the side of a boat. You think it can't get weirder until you read the last chapter. So unrealistic the whole book is, but kids probably enjoy it as a fast read with some similarity to their classroom at least.
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The author of over 80 books in a little over a decade of writing, Dan Gutman has written on topics from computers to baseball. Beginning his freelance career as a nonfiction author dealing mostly with sports for adults and young readers, Gutman has concentrated on juvenile fiction since 1995. His most popular titles include the time-travel sports book Honus and Me and its sequels, and a clutch of ...more
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"With all due respect" is grown-up talk for "I think you're stupid.”
“No!” said all the girls. “Are you excited about moving up to third grade?” Mrs. Dole asked. “Yes!” said all the girls. “No!” said all the boys. “I was thinking. Wouldn’t it be nice to give presents to Mrs. Daisy?” said Mrs. Dole. “She worked so hard for you all year. What would you like to give her?” “I’ll give her a skateboard,” I said. “That’s what you want, Arlo!” Andrea said, rolling her eyes. “Try to think of something Mrs. Daisy” 0 likes
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