Synopses & Reviews
Miss Huff looked over her class and sighed deeply.
Sarah was sticking her tongue out at Emily.
Billy was making faces at Carl.
Nancy blew such a big bubble that she floated across the room and got stuck in Francines hair.
When Miss Huff accidentally mixes up her plans for the substitute teacher with her day-off activity list, well, things get pretty crazy. After all, how many substitute teachers can build a monstrous sand castle, parachute from a plane, and swim underwater . . . with an octopus? Put down your pencils and strap into your seats, because this class is about to experience some serious turbulence!
“The clay, acrylic, collage, and Photoshop illustrations are lively, and Smith supports this fine flight of fancy with diverse, fantastical figures. . . . An amusing read-aloud that more advanced youngsters can read alone, this festive book will delight school-bound children and teachers.”—School Library Journal “A classroom teacher himself, Johnson (James and the Dinosaurs, 1995) pays tribute to the resourcefulness of substitutes.”—Kirkus Reviews “Smiths mixed-media collages are suitably goofy and well suited to the story. Their brightly painted clay figures . . . create an effect that is both intriguing and somewhat surreal.”—Booklist “Audiences will relish the classroom hijinks, the holiday/school reversal, and the fact that they know better than the vacationing teacher; the substitutes intrepid nature adds another layer of enjoyment . . . kids will thrill to the idea of a sub with such pizzazz.”—The Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books
A substitute teacher plus a simple mix-up equal adventure!
About the Author
Doug Johnson is an elementary school teacher and the author of Never Babysit the Hippopotamuses!
and Never Ride Your Elephant to School
. He lives in Bremerton, Washington, with his wife and three children.
Tammy Smith is a freelance illustrator and designer of greeting cards, partyware, and magazine work. She created the pictures for this book using everything from Sculpey clay to teddy bear fur and Easter grass. This is Ms. Smiths first book for young readers. She lives in Westwood, Kansas, with her husband and young son.