Synopses & Reviews
A humorous look at the way one quirky teacher brings out the best in each of his students. Steven Herrick delves into the murky waters of a middle-school classroom, complete with a nerdy vegetarian teacher, Mr. Carey. What a crazy class! And what a funny, unpredictable yearthe year of Naked Bunyip Dancingwhen the students find out who they are, what they're good at, and how to put on a fantastic show. The cast of characters includes Mr. Carey the Hairy, Billy the punk genius, J-man the rapper, Sophie the poet, Ahmet the soccer star, Anna the yoga master, Peter the boy with the talking bottom, Emily the ballerina, and others, each with a special talent. Mr. Carey introduces strange, new activitiesfrom belly dancing to poetry jamsand the class responds with a passion for learning. The night of the class concert will undoubtedly be one of the best nights of their lives.
"A good choice for readers' theater and for creative-writing classes." --Booklist
"A must-read for any young adult who seriously participates in poetic writing or merely expresses an interest in it. Students in upper elementary through middle school are likely to enjoy this novel the most." --Library Media Connection
"Capture[s] the sweet earnestness and unassuming wit of sixth-graders as they experiment with their identities, experience the agony and ecstasy of first like-like, and test the limits of their hip vegetarian teacher's sense of humor." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
About the Author
is an award-winning poet who has performed his poems in schools, cafes, colleges, and festivals all over the world. He lives in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, near Sydney, Australia.
Beth Norling has been a children's book illustrator and author for eighteen years, and her work has been recognized by the Australian chapter of the International Board of Books for Young People.