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Mr. Daydream by Roger Hargreaves
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Dec 17, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009, kids
Read in December, 2009

** spoiler alert ** Another searing indictment of our modern society from Mr Hargreaves. The guy is an amazing writer, he engages children on one level, yet manages to write wonderfully apt critiques of our modern world.

Jack is a daydreamer, and spends his time in his own little world. There may be some sort of learning difficulty involved, but Mr Hargreaves doesn't tackle that issue head on in this book.

Whilst in class Jack spies a strange character in the playground, so of course, rather than carry on with lessons he slips out teh window to meet this stranger. (Not sure this is such a good idea to put in kids minds, but as long as predatory paedophiles don't start dressing up as blue clouds it may just be ok)

Jack is then whisked away from his school on a journey to lots of exciting places. Which child doesn't think that school is a waste of time and would rather be out and about having fun?

It all turns out to be a daydream though, as Jack's teacher finally realises he's not paying attention and brings him back to the grim reality of the classroom.

A simple story that amused my children, yet also cuts to the heart of the debate around teaching standards, the quality of eductaion today and the attitudes of young people.

The last line about History is also very telling. Today's society is all about the here and now, no-one cares about learning lessons from the past....

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