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The Teacher from the Black Lagoon (Black Lagoon #1)
On the first day of school, a boy falls asleep and dreams that he is assigned to Mrs. Green's class. In his nightmare, Mrs. Green is a monster with a tail and smoke coming out of her nostrils. He is so happy when he awakes to see the real Mrs. Green that he gives her a hug.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published November 1st 1989 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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The Teacher From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler is a fearful story of a boy and his first day of meeting his new teacher. There are many rumors are flying around school that say Mrs. Green is the meanest, scariest, and ugliest teacher in the entire school! Once Mrs. Green has entered the class she takes no time introducing her self to the students, it turns out she is hungry for a few morning snacks. One by one the students who are disrupting or inquisitive are being gobbled up with Mrs. Greens...more
We have this book, as I inherited it from my mom's stash of our childhood books. I remember reading it a lot as a kid (and as such, assume I enjoyed it). My four-year-old always wants to read it (he loves "scary" things --ie is obsessed with his Jack the Pumpkin King shirt from Halloween), but I worry it'll put ideas into his head (teach him to fear school when he otherwise has not considered that option. But he seems to mostly think it's funny... And I make sure and discuss the fears-vs-reality...more
This is one of my favorite children's books to read, even as a college student. I think this story is exciting, captivating, and humorous at the same time. I used to love listening to my mother read this to me, while closing my eyes and imagining what it would be like if I found out my teacher was a monster. I think this is a fun read, and even though there is now "meaningful lesson" or moral of the story the be found, I think that this is a short read that kids will definitely enjoy.
I have been reading these books for years to my students. They are very enjoyable. A little bit higher on the humor end so they might not get all the jokes. The kids do relate to the first day of school fears. Also, it is a good way to teach all the workers in the school community since they have a book on each type of teacher and school worker. I replace the names of our workers. The kids think that is a hoot! This is a fun book to rewrite as a script.
Feb 17, 2011 Beckie Coldiron rated it 4 of 5 stars
The Teacher from the Black Lagoon is a fun book that helps calm those nerves a child may be facing on the first day of school. Even though the book displays much imagery and creativity, the story still tends to display some stereotypical factors. Overall, this book provides a fun story-line for children, and is able to provide lessons in; predication,imagery, and cause and effect. I would recommend this book for children in Kindergarten- 3rd grade.
Mar 21, 2011 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a fun story and the first book in the Black Lagoon series. We haven't read many of these yet, but we really liked this one and the shock factor was huge for our girls. They've never seen a teacher depicted like this before and they were immensely relieved at the ending. We will certainly look for more of these books at our local library.
Apr 11, 2011 Kristin Hamrock rated it 5 of 5 stars
Another book that I remember reading and loving when I was a kid. This story is great to read at the beginning of the school year in order to take away some anxiety about a new teacher. Students will be able to connect with this anxiety, because everyone experiences it. It is very humorous as well, and there are other books in the series that you can continue reading and students will connect to.
I think it would be nice to read this book on the first days of school. It is humorous and might help take away some student's anxiety about meeting a new teacher. Like the main character, they must be thinking about all kinds of things about the new teacher, but the teacher in reality was very nice. Children should feel more comforting. I would recommend it to the first and the second graders.
This book could be good for the first day of school to help children with nerves, but it is very stereotypical. the child is dreaming of what the teacher is like and its this horrible creature who burns children and eats them, but when he wakes up he notices that his new teacher is not like that at all, and that she has blonde hair and blue eyes. the teacher in the end is very stereotypical.
Not one of my favorites but my children love it. The description of the teacher from the black lagoon would be an effective lesson on descriptive language and painted a picture with your words. I have it on cd so I let my children read along with it after I have read it several times. They enjoy being able to read along with the cd and it acts as a model of what good readers do.
Classic black lagoon book! It's the first day of school and Mrs. Green is a scary dragon like monster who eats people in half to teach monsters! that is.. until a boy wakes up from his nightmare to see Mrs. Green is actually a real person who is nice. This book would be great for teachers to read to students on the first day of school to show you will not be a scary Mrs. Green.
Great book for students who may be weary about what to expect walking into their classroom for the first time. Sometimes, we just associate this fear with kindergarten or other early grades, but I can remember times in middle and high school that I had anxiety about what I was walking into. I would read this book and break the ice so that we could all be on the same page.
Great book to read on the first days of school. Students can relate to the fear and anxiety of meeting a new teacher. Hopefully this book will comfort those first day jitters when they see toward the end that all the crazy thought about the teacher was just imagination and he teacher wasn't so bad after all! I would recommend it to the first and the second graders.
I thought this was a pretty good book. I was kind of obsessed with it in first grade though. They allowed us to read books to the whole class so I brought this one from home and read it to the class...I don't think my teacher appreciated it very much though because it took away from her teaching time and she didn't like me... but it is still a cute book.
Apr 28, 2011 Alyce Dougan rated it 3 of 5 stars
This is a humorous story about a boy who is nervous to meet his new teacher. He imagines her to be a big monstrous mean teacher. At the end he discovers she’s nice, ‘pretty' and runs to give her a hug. Parents and teacher could read this to children before they meet someone new. It might ease some of the 1sdt day jitters.
This a great book to amuse children and debunk some of the myths about "scary teachers" that many of them believe from talking to friends or other expereinces that they have. It puts a humorous light on school and decreases the pressure that students may feel about starting a new school year or having a particular teacher.
All the "black Lagoon" books by Mike Thaler are so funny. My two older daughters remember reading all of these books when they were in elementary school, and are now being passed down to Chelsea. They really are funny, and they all have a happy ending no matter how title sounds! Totally recommend these!
The first day of school is nerve wrecking for all students. Especially if students have heard particular comments or story about a certain teacher. This book would be a great story to read to children on the first day of school to make the students feel more comfortable about having a new teacher.
These books need to be considered classics already. Although many have been written, the first has been the best. The bilingual version has been even better! Good illustrations, funny, and memorable. I love reading them to myself even. Must have at least this one in your library.
I loved this book. Children never quite know what to expect when they begin a new school year and this classic book captures the fears of an elementary student masterfully. The illustrations are wonderful in showing the difficulties of the first day of Ms. Green's class.
This book is part of a "black lagoon" series. A little boy has nightmares of a terrible teacher, one who yells, demands lots of homework, and even harms her students! However, the little boy realizes that his real teacher is very nice, and ends up enjoying his time at school!
Reading this brought forth a rousing yell of "put more Black Lagoon books on hold" as my early elementary children ate this one up! A fun experience for young imagination as a teacher is imagined as Mrs. Green is pictured as really green...like a giant lizard.
Apr 25, 2011 Kayla rated it 4 of 5 stars
This is a great book. It shows how one childs fear and imagination gets the best of him. I think that all children will be able to relate to having a fear and letting your imagination getting the best of them. The illustrations in this book are very good too.
Mar 19, 2013 Hope Mullinax rated it 5 of 5 stars
We have all been scared of that one teacher. Everyone hopes and prays not to be in her class..but here it is, the first day of school and one little boy is fearing his life..what kind of teacher would be snacking on kids? Only one from the Black Lagoon!
I would share this as a funny read aloud on the first day of school. The Teacher from the Black Lagoon can open conversations about what students thought the first day of school was going to be like! I love the dramatic illustrations and so will students!
This book deals with first day of school fears. We've all been there and we've all been petrified of a teacher. This is a great read aloud for the first day of school. Can be used as an ice breaker. It has a great deal of humor in it so children will stay engaged. Great for K-3.
Wow- perfect book for first day of school! This book touches on most of a child's fears of the first day of school and meeting a teacher for the first time. The book includes comedy, and will make a child smile and overcome their first day fears!
This book was a favorite of mine when I was a child. I love the imagery and imagination used in creating this story. It's also a fun way to break into a new class at the beginning of the year: show them that there are scarier teachers!!
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.More about Mike Thaler...
Mike has produced over 220 published books and is known as “America’s Riddle King.” He has also bee...more
Mike has produced over 220 published books and is known as “America’s Riddle King.” He has also bee...more