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The Music Teacher from the Black Lagoon (Black Lagoon #8)

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What do you do when you have to take music class with the likes of Ms. Rhoda LaNote? First, she'll tell you if you belong with the all-toes (who sing through their toes) or the sopra-nose (who sing through their noses). Is it true she makes you memorize a million songs? Find out when you face the music in this hilarious new book!
Paperback, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Cartwheel (first published August 1st 2000)
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Alycia Boyce
A funny book about a boy who has heard many horrible stories about the music teacher. Humorous and good for showing students they can't believe everything they hear.
Margo Martin
The Music Teacher from the Black Lagoon is an effective book to read to a class before they go to music class. This book goes over some of the extreme rumors students can make up about teachers they are not familiar with. For example, these students heard that in music class you have to sing everything, and that the music teacher Miss LaNote uses a pitchfork to keep at her students on the right key. This book is not completely fictional though as it talks about how students in music class have t ...more
Dolly
Mar 18, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We like the stories in the Black Lagoon series by Mike Thaler and Jared Lee. Many children tend to think of people of authority as scary or mean, but this is just another example of how our expectations do not always live up to reality. Our girls thought the way that the various voice parts (alto, soprano, baritone) were described was hilarious, although I had to explain a little bit about puberty when we got to the part where an older boy's voice changed. The illustrations really make the narra ...more
Chanae Wills
This book follows a young boy who is wondering what his new music teacher is going to be like. He thinks she's this horrible, mean teacher, but in the end he finds out that she's nothing like what he thought she was, she's actually really nice. I could use this book to help my students get rid of those first day jitters and those misconceptions of how teachers are.
Jennifer
I like how this book plays on words. It is interesting how a child can misinterpret words that other kids or adults say. This boy Hubie has a wild imagination. I am surprised he is not more disappointed when he finds out the teachers are normal.
Mandy
A boy is nervous because he has to take music this year and will have Miss LaNote, a teacher who is known for teaching music in unusual ways (Boy has misunderstood music vocabulary).
Sandy
One of several stories in the “Black Lagoon” series, as always Hubie thinks the worst and in the end he always finds out that having a new Music Teacher is going to be fun.
Audrey Harlan
This is a funny story. I really liked the illustrations. Its a good series to read for fun and when discussing anxiety about school.
Alison Tripp
Addresses rumors and how they can be stretched and untrue. Also talks about fears kids can have going to a new teacher and new classes.
Erin Banet
I love this whole series! The kids live to hear this before they go to music for the first time at the beginning of the year!
Cindy
May 17, 2008 Cindy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: music appreciators
Love those illustrations!
Jennifer
It had a good play on words.
Gage
Good series..
Korra
I love this book
Mariella
too funny!
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Mike Thaler, born in Los Angeles, started his professional career drawing cartoons for adults. A children's book editor saw one of his cartoon stories in a national magazine and encouraged Mike to try writing for children. His first attempt met with success, and "The Magic Boy" was published in 1961.

Mike has produced over 220 published books and is known as “America’s Riddle King.” He has also bee
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