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Substitute Creacher

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  421 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
The troublemaking students of Ms. Jenkins' class arrive at school one day to discover a substitute creacher has come to put a stop to their monkey business! He regales them with mind-boggling stories about his former students who didn't follow the rules: Keith the glue-eater, Zach the daydreamer, and Hank the prankster, to name a few. But even this multi-tentacled, yellow- ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 20th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published July 5th 2011)
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Sep 08, 2011 Nick rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
I had trouble figuring out the intended audience for this book. The audience has to be old enough to know about school, substitute teachers, common school rules and several other things before it will make sense, but the format seems aimed at younger than that.
The initial premise, of a substitute teacher who is wildly weird, has been used before. In this case the sub is an actual least in appearance. In action, he spends the entire day telling the kids stories that are, in fact, a b
Jan 31, 2011 Reader rated it really liked it
With shiny green foil and mugshots of misbehaving children, Gall's picture book is a perfect Halloween or back to school treat. There's a mischievous gnome that pops up in each story, and as the story shifts from subtle tricks to dangerous and gruesome situations, the creature's past comes to light. A good lesson wrapped in an enjoyable monster tale, young readers and storytellers alike will delight in the telling. - C
Brenda Kahn
Nov 22, 2011 Brenda Kahn rated it it was ok
Don't really get the love I read on the Interwebz about this book. Loved the art and the beginning. Felt the rhyme alternating with prose awkward, the reason behind the creacher's existence felt forced and the ending just didn't make sense. Everything's the same 49 years later? Or, am I missing something?
Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy)
Jul 15, 2011 Alyson (Kid Lit Frenzy) rated it really liked it
Shelves: early-mg, parent-dad
As I read through this one, I felt that it was for an older age group (7 or 8 and up). A picture book for the goosebumps crowd in a way.
Aug 02, 2011 Liz rated it it was ok
Shelves: mitten
Just ok. Didn't like that the creature spoke in rhymes, but the children didn't. It interrupted the flow of the story. Illustrations were cartoony. Eh.
Nov 01, 2011 Tom rated it it was ok
Shelves: kid-stuff
The art was decent and it shows rhyming well, but the story was fairly unfocused.
Apr 28, 2014 Laurie rated it it was ok
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Dec 18, 2016 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Awards: None
Grade Levels: K-3
Summary: In Substitute Creacher there is a substitute teacher for class today. The class is wreaking havoc until the substitute teacher/creacher walks in the room. The substitute teacher/creacher tells the story of how he came to be a creacher.
Review: I really enjoyed this story. The entire book rhymed which in my opinion makes it more fun to read. The illustrations were beautiful and detailed
In Class Uses: Class Library, Read Aloud, teaching behavior for a substitut
Katie Fitzgerald
Dec 18, 2016 Katie Fitzgerald rated it really liked it
This picture book combines two major Fall events in the lives of children - The First Day of School and Halloween. It is the story of a troublemaking elementary school class whose teacher calls in with a case of "frazzled nerves," leaving the kids in the hands of a green, one-eyed monster known as the Substitute Creacher. The Creacher, who speaks only in rhyme, shares stories of children he has known who have behaved badly and met with horrific fates.

There is Sara, who never cleaned out her desk
Joey Zadina
Feb 25, 2015 Joey Zadina rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Chris Gall does a great job of providing a book that has great entertainment value while at the same time providing students with a few lessons that can be very valuable. Substitute Creacher is a great book for a read aloud because it has colorful pictures and voice throughout that will keep students engaged and entertained. Mr. Chreacher comes into a classroom of Ms. Jenkin's students and is acting as their substitute teacher for the day. Not surprisingly at all, Mr.Creacher is not the average ...more
Ms Threlkeld
Sep 15, 2016 Ms Threlkeld rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Fun fall book to have a sub read to students.
Oct 20, 2012 Amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
Substitute Creacher was a halloween inspired fable aimed at teaching children appropriate schoolroom behavior. I don't really know what to say about this story. I read it to my nephew, and while he was impressed with the pictures, for him the story didn't seem to be all that impressive. He just didn't get this story. Developmentally he's not yet at the stage of being able to extract a moral from a fable and then apply that moral to an existing situation or behavior. He's still very literal.

Kassie Houston
Oct 31, 2013 Kassie Houston rated it it was amazing
Genre: Poetry
Grade: 3-4
Award(s): None

Many students feel the need to misbehavior when a substitute teacher is present. This book would be an excellent addition to any elementary grade level classroom library. Through rhythms and examples students learn about the different ways of how not to behavior with a sub. I would probably use this book in the beginning of the school year because the activity that follows will set order in my class when I am absent. I would have the students come together as
Kasey Jensen
Oct 10, 2012 Kasey Jensen rated it really liked it
When a teacher stays home from school one day, a substitute shows up to get the class back in order. But this is no ordinary substitute – he’s a creature made to stop naughty students in their tracks. This book is very humorous and discusses some problem behaviors that may take place in the classroom at any time of the school year. The book is intended for 6 to 12 year olds. It appeals to this group because of the humor and play on words, an unrealistic way to look at realistic situations. I wou ...more
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Apr 25, 2014 Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, picture-books
Gall, Chris. Substitute Creacher. New York: Little, Brown, 2011. Print.
This review is from Get Kids to Read:

Substitute Creacher by Chris Gall is a picture book that is perfect to be used as a substitute lesson for grades 1-3. The class finds out they have a substitute teacher and decide to pull all kinds of malarkey. Before they can begin he gives the class a stern warning and pulls out pictures to tell stories of other classes that have tried to pull stuff on h
Jesika La Bryer
Sep 29, 2011 Jesika La Bryer rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-book
This book is brand new, I was drawn to the cover when I saw it displayed at the local library. The story was cute, I can see how many students would like this book being read to them, especially if it was by a substitute teacher! Mr. Creature was a bad little boy, he was turned into a creature and had to stay that way until he repaid his "debt" for all he has done bad. He teaches children that they should be nice to their teachers (as he was not as a child). In the end, he changes back to the li ...more
Michel Butler
Substitute Creacher is a fable with a Halloween feel. It is a book about an out-of-control classroom that has a special substitute teacher for the day. During the course of the story, the substitute creacher warns the class of what could happen if they continue to misbehave, using examples he's seen during the past 50 years, which he's spent as a monster. This book is great for discussing appropriate classroom behavior in a fun way. The author's rhyme scheme adds to the playfulness of the book, ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 23, 2011 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it really liked it
Ms. Jenkins’s class is acting up. To get his kids straightened out, Ms. Jenkins sends in the substitute teacher of all substitute teachers, Mr. Creacher. He is a monster who shares terrifying stories with the class about what happens to children who do not behave.

“Good morning to all!
My name’s Mr. Creacher.
Ms. Jenkins has asked me
to step in as a teacher.
She claims that this class
has grown quite out of hand.
So, I’m here to warn you
we’re taking a stand.

Amanda snickered at the way he spoke. Ga
Oct 24, 2011 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun story about a creepy subtitute teacher, along the lines of Miss Nelson Is Missing!, but with a darker, more magical ending. Bad behaviors in the classroom are highlighted with anecdotal stories of other children. And after the children find out the whole story about Mr. Creacher, they promise to change their naughty ways. The ending is heartwarming and a bit surprising. We really enjoyed reading this story together.
Jun 23, 2013 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Substitute Creacher is a wonderfully entertaining story about a mischievous boy who gets turned into a terrible creacher. In order to be returned to his normal state, he must teach other mischievous children how to behave. Teachers request his services when their class acts up. As entertaining and hilarious as this story is, it provides students with a great lesson. It teaches them the importance of always being a good and behaving well for others. This story would work perfectly with a manners ...more
Scott Roark
Sep 06, 2011 Scott Roark rated it liked it
Shelves: rhyming, behavior, lessons
Story uses a monster substitute to nail home the point that kids should behave in school. Rhymes are throughout book and eventually tells the story of how a boy misbehaved during halloween and was turned into a monster. He had to rectify his behavior by teaching others to be good. The tale was about the teacher, and eventually he was turned back into the little boy by the magical gnome.
Great Illustrations and will be very popular in the classroom.
Christina Camp
Nov 08, 2012 Christina Camp rated it really liked it
Shelves: school, behavior
This book would be great to use in a lessson about good behavior. It is about a teacher whyose class misbehaves so she brings in a creature to teach them a lesson. By the end of the story, the students have learned the importance of behaving in class and the creature breaks the curse that was put on him. It is a funny book and is good for entertainment, but can also be used to show students the importance of good behavior.
Dec 22, 2011 Jeanne rated it really liked it
A great picture book for Halloween. I believe it would also be a good book for a substitute teacher to carry around and read to rowdy kids. I could have used a book like this in the past.

The creacher tells the kids all the things that could happen to them if they misbehave. Then he tells them that at one time he was just like them and because of bad behavior he turned into the "creacher".

A good story.
Feb 03, 2013 Robin rated it it was amazing
Another funny book at our fair, I expected this to be along the lines of Miss Nelson is missing. The story is about a sub who comes to teach an out-of-control class of students. Each mischief maker is told a story of a student who is punished for his crime but they aren't scared until they learn how the substitute himself became the "creature" that he is. The story is fun and has some good lessons, but I was more impressed with the artwork in this one.
Starr Elementary
Feb 03, 2013 Starr Elementary rated it liked it
Another funny book at our fair, I expected this to be along the lines of Miss Nelson is missing. The story is about a sub who comes to teach an out-of-control class of students. Each mischief maker is told a story of a student who is punished for his crime but they aren't scared until they learn how the substitute himself became the "creature" that he is. The story is fun and has some good lessons, but I was more impressed with the artwork in this one.
Rosa Cline
Feb 21, 2016 Rosa Cline rated it really liked it
This was a twist on a substitiute teacher. As any young class knows and any teacher too when the regular teacher has to be out; the substitute teacher always goes through a lot by the class. BUT in this book the teacher is a creature that comes through the door and fills the children's minds with lots and lots of stories. Stories they think is made up but are they really? and the end of the story has a good life lesson.
Shaley Dunn
A rowdy class gets a different kind of sub. It is a substitue creacher. He tells the studnets about all of the students that he has gotten in trouble and all the terrible things that happened to them. He then tells them that he was one of them. By the end of the book he learns his lesson and gets to be changed back into a human.
The Brothers
Mar 04, 2016 The Brothers rated it it was amazing
The naughty kids of Mrs. Jenkins class get a substitute for the day. But instead of some plain ol' teacher, a horribly monster-like substitute shows up. He spends the class time regaling the kids with stories of other naughty children and their ultimate demise. Kind of a neat twist at the end when you learn who, exactly, this creature is!

Excellent illustrations.
Nov 29, 2013 Christina rated it really liked it
This is a fun story that I would leave for a substitute teacher to read for whenever I am not at school. It reminds students how they should properly behaving and an imaginative story about what will happen to them if they do not. I would recommend reading this book to students as well if they are not behaving with me as well. This book would be most appropriate for students in 2nd-4th grade.
Carey Hanson
Nov 19, 2011 Carey Hanson rated it really liked it
Shelves: t-and-l-544
copyright 2011 fantasy/poetry

I enjoyed this book especially since I've been a substitute teacher. I especially liked the poetry parts when the substitute creacher tells about the students he has had - the glue eater, the daydreamer, and the girl who brought her pet to school. I won't give away the end but it was fairly easy to figure what was going to happen in the end.
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