Synopses & Reviews
With more than 6.5 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!
For A.J. and the gang at Ella Mentry School, weirdness and fun are all part of the routine. In this first book in the outrageously funny series that has reached millions of readers around the world, second-grade teacher Miss Daisy is in over her head. She doesn't even know how to add or subtract! But the kids have other things on their minds. Principal Klutz has promised that if they read a million pages in books, they can turn the school into a video-game arcade for one whole night!
One thing's for sure — life at Ella Mentry School is never going to be the same again! Perfect for reluctant readers and word-lovers alike, My Weird School has something for everyone.
Supports the Common Core State Standards
"Well tailored for beginning and reluctant readers, this light, appealingly goofy debut tale in the My Weird School series features short chapters, a relatively large typeface and ample cartoon-style illustrations. On the first day of second grade, narrator A.J. introduces himself to his new teacher by announcing that he likes football and video games and hates school. He and his classmates are shocked when Miss Daisy replies, 'You know what, A.J.? I hate school too.' And then she confides that she doesn't understand arithmetic and that she can't read, slyly soliciting her students' help in both subjects. The kids conclude that she just might be an imposter, but wisely decide not to tell the principal, thinking that she'll be replaced by a 'real teacher' who knows the three Rs, and then they'll have to learn 'all that stuff.' The kids' attempts to educate their teacher allows Gutman to slip a sprinkling of math challenges and vocabulary definitions into his breezy narrative, but the lesson of the day here is fun rather than facts. As affable as Miss Daisy, the school's principal goes to the head of the class in the series' second installment, Mr. Klutz Is Nuts! (ISBN 0-06-050700-4), also due this month. Ages 7-10. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Never before has school been this mixed up — or this much fun!
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!
About the Author
Dan Gutman has always been a baseball fanatic. He played in Little League as a kid, and one of the first magazine articles he ever sold explained the science behind the spitball, the scuffball, and corked bats. When he thought about the T206 Honus Wagnerthe most valuable baseball card in the worldhe began to write honus & me, his first Baseball Card Adventure. That book introduced Joe StoshackStosha kid who can use baseball cards to travel through time and meet the games greatest players. Stosh has since gone on many amazing, fast-paced adventures, most recently to try to save Roberto Clemente.