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Miss Daisy Is Crazy!

(My Weird School #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  8,159 ratings  ·  417 reviews
Something weird is going on.

Miss Daisy, who teaches second grade, doesn't know how to add or subtract. Not only that, she doesn’t know how to read or write either. She is the dumbest teacher in the history of the world!

Paperback, 96 pages
Published July 1st 2004 by HarperTrophy (first published June 29th 2004)
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Jan 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kids-books
I really dislike these books, but my 6-year-old loves them and keeps bringing them home from the school library.

I'm trying not to be a grouch, but the main character AJ has a really snotty, negative attitude. Many things are dismissed as "weird", "dumb", "annoying" or "boring". I would not be happy if my sweet impressionable son starting talking like that all the time.

Also, did I miss a memo somewhere that the rules of grammar changed since I left school (it wasn't THAT long ago was it)?
Feb 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
We've been reading a lot of Dan Gutman books in our school because he made a special guest appearance as an author/speaker yesterday. These books are funny, especially appealing to kids, and in the same manner as Junie B. Jones only for boys. Don't let the illustrations put you off (as they did me) as being unappealing; the text is really quite hilarious. Reluctant readers will especially enjoy this Weird School Series.
Apr 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
This was recommended to me by the Barnes & Noble sales associate that said the series was popular right now. I have a 1st grade, 7 year old son who reads relatively advanced; I was looking for a bit of a challenge but still having a few pictures and what not. The reading was not difficult for him; however, after reading the first few chapters he told me there was a lot of "bad words" in this book. Mind you, he thinks words like "stupid," "shut up," and the alike are bad words. But ...more
Jul 13, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 2nd graders and reluctant 3rd graders
Recommended to Elizabeth by: a 10 year old in the Ludlow Library
I was impressed - I'm skeptical of series-books, especially ones with rhyming titles and dippy cartoons - but this was awfully sweet without being nauseating. It's a good high-interest, easy read for reluctant readers who will enjoy being smarter than the narrator and other characters. It's about a level L on Guided Reading - read-a-loud to kindergartners or first graders, and independent reading for 2nd or low 3rd.
Mar 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I learned AJ likes football, and he said football players were dummies. My favorite part is when he asks one of the football players, "do you like knocking people on their butts?" That was really funny.
Jun 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-reads, funny
THis book is laugh out loud funny.
It's is in a seires, so there is
more rolling on the ground coming.
Sep 05, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children starting to read chapter books
We've read a few of the books in the My Weird School Daze series by Dan Gutman. But it wasn't until recently that we realized that he'd written two other series as well, My Weird School and My Weirder School.

We decided to start from the beginning, with A.J. and his pals in second grade, and work our way through the books. So far, we really enjoy them and this story was a good example of irony and a teacher playing 'dumb' with her students in order to encourage their participation and stimulate
Janet Blowers
Apr 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This book is the first book in this series that my youngest daughter, Claudia is reading. Actually she finished it first and loved it so much she wants to buy the whole series. It was really cute how the teacher, Miss Daisy pretends not to know how to read or write or do math, and she has the kids teach her using their favorite subjects. Everyone thinks Miss Daisy is Crazy, but she comes up with some great ways to teach the kids using football and video games. She gets the kids to read a million ...more
Oct 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I think that Miss Daisy is very crazy.
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was a funny story! I read this out loud to a third grade class and they loved it!
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Students and I enjoy reading this one in class. They love that the teacher is not so smart.
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, humor
Overall Review: This ended up being a super fun kids’ book! The second grade kids have started school, but their teacher doesn't know how to read, write, spell, or do arithmetic! Not only that, there's a rumor there's a dungeon (principal says it's on the third floor)! So, plans are laid to buy the school and set it up as a video game arcade! The principal and teachers turn that desire into something fun and rewarding for everyone. My kids loved it and there were some great lessons taught ...more
Jul 27, 2010 added it
Recommends it for: briana. McQueen
Recommended to Taliahshaw by: Taliah. shaw
Miss daisy is crazy is a good book to me.The summary of the first chaper is a boy name a.j.Aj does not like school I think he does not like school because school is boring and there's nothing to do in school.To me I like school in good for its your education I love school.The second chapter is a bout miss daisy not being smart. I think every teacher in a school needs to know there adding,subtracing,multication,and divion.Now the kids in the book don't think that miss daisy is dumb wow.The third ...more
Lubianka Carrillo
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reading-response
This story is about a boy named A.J which goes to a school with his friends named Emily, Michael, Ryan, and Andrea. They all go to the same school which they have a teacher named Ms. Daisy which is a dum teacher but they get threw it together. The problem they are facing is that they all have a teacher who doesn't know math or even arithmetic. My opinion is that I can never go to a school that is weird because I would be freaked out. My evidence says " I hate arithmetic too! " You do " we all ...more
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
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Sterrett Family
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Matthew: This is the first My Wierd School book by Dan Gutman. I personally loved Miss Daisy's love for Bonbons! She said that she could eat a whole box of Bonbons in one sitting! I liked when Mr.Klutz came to the video game night dressed like a gorilla!! Can you belive that!! I loved it!
Oct 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: older-kids
This is a very slim chapter book, but it is cute and funnu. It was also more educational than I thought it would be.

The setting is second grade and A.J.'s teacher doesn't know how to read or do arithmetic! (Or so she claims...) This book is a good level for most second graders.
Audrey C
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
i read the book Miss Child Has Gone Wild by Dan Gutman. This book is about A.J and his class going on a field trip to the zoo with Miss Child, a zoo keeper, because they won a field trip for winning the cleanest classroom award from the principal but there is a new girl named A.J. So some of A.J's friends think they're in love because they're basically the same people, they like to ride on their skateboards and they both like penguins so the book is about them going on a field trip to the zoo ...more
Oct 25, 2013 rated it liked it
The book I read was "Miss Daisy is Crazy." I liked the book because AJ hates school, and he is funny. He is eight years old.

AJ starts the school in second grade and everyone has to present a little information about himself. He stands up and says he hates school. Everyone thinks he is funny. Miss Daisy is his teacher and she says she doesn't like the school either. AJ thinks Miss Daisy is crazy because she doesn't like school. As a teacher, she is supposed to like school. One day a man comes to
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Kahjo kouluni series is very popular here in Finland and no wonder - the books are easy-reads with good humour, great insight and thoughtfulness you never expected. First I was sceptic, since the Finnish publisher of the series publishes mostly content-lacking nonsense. The first book is about kids in their second grade, who's teacher is a simpleton and the class has to teach the teacher. Of course along the way you learn that she may actually be a genius of some sort! The kids make even a ...more
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My first grade grandson has struggled with his reading which then made reading an unhappy and exhausting experience. We went to the bookstore when he was visiting so we could find something that he would really want to read. I saw the series of My Weird School books and thought that something with a name like that would be funny enough to hold his interest. Well, he started reading in the car, he gave up the video games, he laughed the afternoon away only occasionally asking about words he could ...more
Liz B
Sep 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: readaloud, yakids
I read this aloud to my almost-second grader this summer. He loved it. HILARIOUS antics from kids and adults, and in the end it is all very sweet. He liked that there were pictures on most of the pages, and the story was easy to keep up with from night to night.

His strong preference is still for picture books so that we can read 2 or 3 in a sitting. It's also nice to have something we're reading over the course of a few days. We read a couple more in the series together. He can read them on his
Maximilian Lee
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I kind of liked this book because I think it is really fun with all of those experiments. I didn't like this book because I knew all of those experiments already. I also think the concept of taking over the whole world is too babyish.
Mary Thomas
An enjoyable read with my second grader. He giggled at several parts, which is always fun. I didn't particularly care for all the references about school being dumb, but it was kind of funny when Miss Daisy agreed!
katie vongphrachanh
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book was so good ( miss Daisy is crazy) My weird school!! So crazy!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Mis daisy is CRAZY !!!!!!!!!!!! She is a crazy substitute teacher! She dosn't know how to add or subtract! So instead of the teachers teaching the students , the students teach the teacher!
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought the book was very very good I think dan gut an is a great illustrator his weird school series are the best I think everyone should read weird school seeris
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all kids
Shelves: kids-teens, humor
I really liked this short book! It was fun to see how Miss Daisy motivated the boy uninterested in school!
Not my kind of book/series (main character reminds me of a 2nd grade Greg Heffley), but I can see the appeal it would have to some readers in 1st or 2nd grade. AJ announces proudly that he hates school on the first day of 2nd grade. (Heartbreaking! Not the kind of attitude we encourage in my school or family.) His teacher, Miss Daisy, confesses she also hates school and can't read or write or do math. She may not be completely honest about this, as she employs some clever ways of getting the ...more
Apr 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: tutoring-books
I knew i was going to hate this series.

My student read this book to me in another attempt to get me into it.

I hated the book, but i couldn't tell him that. He never reads and if this gets him to do it then by all means read it. So I had to smile, smile, and smile through all the passages. Even the passage that went, "Blahblahblahblah" for half the page.

Authors should not be allowed to write that in books. At all. It's just page filler and isn't funny at all.

AJ is a character I do not like. AT.
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The author of over 80 books in a little over a decade of writing, Dan Gutman has written on topics from computers to baseball. Beginning his freelance career as a nonfiction author dealing mostly with sports for adults and young readers, Gutman has concentrated on juvenile fiction since 1995. His most popular titles include the time-travel sports book Honus and Me and its sequels, and a clutch of ...more

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