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A Book of Coupons

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  157 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
The last thing the class expects when they go back to school is for their new teacher to be old! And then he gives them a goofy present-a book of coupons: one coupon for skipping school for a day; one coupon for not listening in class; one coupon for singing at the top of your lungs whenever you like. The list goes on! What is this wrinkly old teacher trying to do, get eve ...more
Hardcover, 62 pages
Published May 21st 2001 by Viking Juvenile (first published May 19th 1999)
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Lisa Vegan
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
What a weird little book. I loved it though, mostly for its humor, and also for its refusal to follow a formula and its unconventional ending, not the ending I’d guessed was coming.

The illustrations are charming and quirky; I loved them. This isn’t really a picture book though; it’s a very short novel.

What’s strange about it was that is was published in French in 1999 and then translated to English in 2001. Computers are talked about, which makes sense. But green stamps (from my childhood!) are
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars? 20 minutes for me to read, so I guess I should again before I take it back to the library.

Were you ever lucky enough to have an eccentric teacher who inspired you to look forward to going to school? One who treasured every student, and brought the whole classroom together as a team? Or have you wanted to be that kind of teacher?

This French 5th-grade teacher, this Santa look-alike, is even more fantastic than that. And yet, the story and characters feel real, the drama plausible. Funn
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-read-aloud
Quick, quirky and utterly charming! Just as good as I remembered. My daughter, however, was dissatisfied that there was no comeuppance at the end. ( Think: Its A Wonderful Life, where greedy Potter gets away with it all!!). Such is life, I suppose!
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade, weeded, 2014
One of the delights of an elementary school library is when a book literally fall off the shelves into my path. Most often it is one of many Wimpy Kid or Goosebumps volumes we house, but occasionally it's something I don't recognize that piques my interest. This is one such book. I initially thought it might be a good (short) read aloud for September in 4th or 5th grade, but upon reading it, I'm not so sure. There is the part when Monsieur Noel (the teacher) goes home and downs the whole bottle ...more
I liked the concept better than the execution. I suspect it is plus charmante in the original French? Though I'm reluctant to fault the translator, since she nicely managed to convey the very French flavor of the whole story. Maybe I just wanted more depth to the vindictive, miserable headmistress Perez.
Nancy Kotkin
This is not a chapter book, although many other reviewers have indicated that to be the case. Despite its brevity (a mere 62 pgs), this is a middle grade novel. If for no other reason, the mentions of "making love" on pgs 53 and 60 ensure this is a book for older children. This concept is further elaborated on pg 54: "None of you would be here if your parents hadn't made love!" The American publisher (Penguin) would have made a better choice to leave those references out of this version when tra ...more
Erika Bowen
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-summaries
1. Book Summary in your own words
Monsieur Noel is the new fifth grade teacher. The students complain about him being too old, too fat, too …. They are surprised when he gives them each a present, a book of coupons. As the school year goes by, the students use up their coupons but learn life lessons with each use.
2. Grade level, interest level, lexile
Grades 3-5, lexile 790L
3. Appropriate classroom use (subject area)
Character and values.
4. Individual students who might benefit from reading
Jul 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: high school to adult
First published in France this book is a little gem. A 5th grade class gets a new teacher who looks like he will be a dud. But before he even introduces himself, he gives them each a book of coupons - coupons for things like one free day off school, one homework pass, etc. By the time the children leave school at the end of the year they have received much more from their wise teacher and their books of coupons than anyone might have guessed.
I wish I had read this in high school/college thoug
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reread
I loved this whimsical book. It is a French book for children about an inspiring teacher. I am not sure how much children will love it, but I know I sure did. The next time I feel in need of some teaching motivation, I will reread this book.
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fiction
Funny and very sweet. This book certainly deserved it's honor as a 2001 ALA Notable Children's book. The author packed a lot of humor and character-building in a short, small package. A sort of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" for young readers.
Chapter book for 1st-4th grades. Really cool concept, but I thought the author could have taken it a lot farther. I was disappointed by the ending. Ben loved it, though.
Madeleine Tessier
This book is about the students in Monsieur Noel's class. In Marie curie school in France there is a new teacher named Monsieur Noel. At first his class was a little disappointed that they dint have a new attractive teacher. This disappointment soon changed to happiness when they received a book of coupons.

I would teach this in a 3rd-4th grade class. It could be used to help teach students to do nice deeds. They could make their own coupon book of nice gestures of deeds that they and redeem fro
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was pretty good I like how it opened up with the kids wanting the young teacher. I thought it was funny because that is really so true anytime I got the new teacher I always wanted the one ones.

At the beginning of the book all the kids in Monsieur Noel’s class are expecting the new teacher to be young and athletic, but they end up with the complete opposite. Monsieur Noel is an old, fat and wrinkly man. Everyone in the class was disappointed, until Monsieur Noel hand
(NS) Panagiota Angelos
A Book of Coupons was listed in our course textbook under the recommended books (International) in Chapter 4. The book was originally written in French and translated into several languages. It is a story about a fifth grade class who’s teacher, Monsieur Noel, practices highly unusual teaching methods that get him into trouble. On the first day of school, students are handed a special coupon book as a gift from their teacher. But this is no ordinary coupon book. Students look inside and find cou ...more
Translated by Gill Rosner. Booktalk with gift prop: It's the first day of school after a long summer. You're all looking forward to starting school with a hip, young teacher who's athletic and good-looking. Instead, who you see at the teacher's desk is a fat, old, wrinkly man with messy hair. And instead of saying "good morning," or "Hello, my name is..." this old man says "I have a present for you." And he goes around giving all of you a gift-wrapped package. (Unwrap prop) And in your package i ...more
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very charming book. My mother, who just started her new job as an elementary school librarian about a month ago, brought this home the other day, and when I saw the cover, I was immediately intrigued.

The "message" that the teacher had to give at the end brought the score up from 3 stars to 4 stars. I was wondering the whole time if he would reward the students who kept their coupons or those who spent theirs, and the way it was done was quite inspiring.

However, I HATED the way the principle was
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At the start of every new year of school, students come to class with wonder and hope for a "cool," or at least an interesting teacher. But too often our judgements are based on visual appearance. Students of the Marie Curie School in France found their new teacher Monsiur Noel somewhat of a disappointment. Their new teacher was wrinkly, overweight, and he was old. But the students will find out that Monsieur Noel is full of surprises. On the firs
Shelby Olszewski
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the beginning of the book all the kids in Monsieur Noel’s class are expecting the new teacher to be young and athletic, but they end up with the complete opposite. Monsieur Noel is an old, fat and wrinkly man. Everyone in the class was disappointed, until Monsieur Noel hands out a coupon book to everyone in the class. In the coupon book are coupons to: sleep in late, skip a day of school, not listen in class, make a lot of noise clown around, and eat in class. Soon Madame Incarnation Perez, t ...more
Patsi Trollinger
Mar 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never heard of this 'old' book until reading a recent recommendation, but now I've read the library copy, I want to add it to my bookshelf. Although I've seen reviews that pan some of the adultish sections, I was charmed by the story of a balding, aging teacher who takes a wonderfully unorthodox approach to his class. Instead of rules, he gives the students coupons coupon to sleep late and another to stand up and shout, a coupon to skip homework and a coupon for courage. There are m ...more
May 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book is good. its about a teacher who loves to give presents out. So he gave out a book of coupons saying
-one coupon for sleeing late
-skip a day os school
-be late to school
-loosing your homework
-forgetting your books
-not listen in class
-sleep in class
-copy from your neighbor
-not getting called to the blackboard
-get out of trouble
-eat in class
-making a lot of noise
-sing at the top of your lungs whenever
-dance in class
-take a break from class
-clown around
-tell a lie
-give teacher a kiss on the
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joker est le troisième ouvrage de Susie Morgenstern que je lis et que je viens d'offrir à ma fille de 7 ans. J'ai apprécié l'idée des jokers et l'histoire en général. Ce que j'aime tout particulièrement cependant dans l'écriture de Morgenstern est son vocabulaire riche alors même qu'elle s'adresse à des enfants et dans ce livre tout particulièrement la description des différents personnages : Monsieur Noël bien sûr, la directrice, mais aussi et surtout les enfants, Charles, Bérangère et tous les ...more
Japhy Holt
At first I thought it was going to be awkward but then it turned out to be really cool and interesting. It has a great teacher named Monsieur Noel and he gives his students a book of coupons. The coupons say things like "Miss a day of school", " turn in late homework", "sing loudly in class", at first the students didn't know what to do with the coupons and at first the principal, Incarnation Perez, wanted the teacher to retire and the students liked the teacher-he had an odd style of teaching. ...more
Oct 06, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Grades: 3 to 5 Genre: Realistic Fiction
A new year has started at Marie Curie School and one 5th grade classroom has a new teacher. Expecting the new teacher to be young, the students are amazed to see an older gentleman. Most unexpected is the book of coupons that he gives his students, with the most unusual coupons which allow the students to skip class, forget homework, and sing in class. The pace of this book is a bit slower than some and the focus is more on the teacher, Monsieur Noel and hi
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is really cute, because it shows a new approach to teaching that the kids will get a kick out of. The teacher issues each student a set of coupons to use throughout the course. Each coupon is good for something different, such as "miss one day of class", "get out of one homework assignment", "be able to eat in class". The teacher is pass the age of retirement, so the kids do not take him seriously at first, but in the end they love him, and the principal unfortunately does not agree wi ...more
Kristan Webb
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i thought that this was such a cute book. I think that students would really enjoy its story and I think that a teacher could create a lot of activities to go alond with the book. I thought it was a really cute story and simple enough for younger children to understand. i think that it would be enjoyabled for many age ranges.
Ryan Miller
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another "teacher-does-well" story about an unconventional educator. The coupons (and freedoms) the teacher gives to his students offer ideas for interested educators. My favorite part was the lack of redemptive/revengeful actions at the climax. I'm used to the antagonists getting what's coming to them, but that's not the real world. Thanks to Morgenstern for her finishing touch.
Nariah Range
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was a great book. It's about a new teacher. He gives all his students coupons to use anytime they want to. One day He gets an very bad trouble. The kids start to like him and tries to help him. Read the book to find out what happens to the teacher.
Jun 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really cute book. Originally published in France, the message is heartfelt and warm. The theme of the story, Life is like a coupon book, you should use them all while you have the chance.
Shelby Rose Rogers
This book was a great story about a teacher that used non-tradtional methods to teach his students life lessons as well as academic lessons. The Book of Coupons is a book that I would use as a read aloud in my classroom, and I think that Morgenstern did a fantasitc job writing this short novel.
Sep 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
This book was a wonderful, unconventional tale. It is filled with beautiful thought-provoking sentiments and surprises. I did not expect the ending but loved the book all the same. I would recommend for young and old :)
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