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Miss Malarkey Won't Be in Today
Miss Malarkey is back (Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10) and this time SHE is the one with the over-active imagination! Stuck at home, delirious and helplessly sick, Miss Malarkey can't help but worry about which substitute Principal Wiggins has called in. Is it that ex-drill sergeant, Mr. Doberman? Or that timid push-over, Mr. Lemonjello? Her imagination starts runni ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Walker Childrens
(first published 1998)
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Miss Malarkey Won't Be in Today is a wonderful book that will send children laughing. A teacher becomes sick and worries that her students will get ridiculous substitutes like Mr. Lemonjello and Mrs. Ungerware (aka Mrs. Underwear). The book is full of humor and the illustrations catch the eyes of every child. The text is big and easy to read, especially for kids who have a hard time with reading comprehension. Judy Finchler makes the book fun with her humorous style and writing to entertain chil ...more
Jun 27, 2008 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This would appeal to teachers as well as to kids, although I think teachers would relate to it more. Miss Malarkey calls out sick, but gets so worked up imagining all the bad substitute teachers her class could get that she feels she has to go in to work anyway. I liked Kevin O'Malley's illustrations and the humorous names of the various substitute teachers.
I never thought about reviewing the books that I have read to my boys until this one. I read this book at the USO on Kandahar AirField (KAF) and had it recorded on a DVD for my three younger sons (Aidan, Quintin, and Declan). I thought that since the school year had just started last week, this school teacher story was well timed. The book was a an easy read, so I am sure my second grader will have no problems reading this one on his own. It was funny and I know my seven and four year old sons w ...more
Dec 31, 2009 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a wonderful story, told from the teacher's perspective as she stays home sick from school. It has the same wild and imaginative scenes as the other stories, only it's the teacher whose imagination goes crazy. Our girls enjoyed watching the story on the Tumblebooks website. (tumblebooks.com)
This can be used for talking about what a teacher thinsk about and what students think about when there is a substitute teacher, about being sick and going to school, the job of a teacher, and how students should behave when there is a substitute teacher for the day.
I wanted to do a book like this but someone beat me to the punch. I liked the story but it broke the picture book rule as it is from the Teacher point of view not the child's. They published it anyway. Read it to study the style and the story arc.