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Math rashes and other classroom tales
Evans, Douglas, 1953-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Asheville, NC : Front Street, 2000.
Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
This collection of nine short stories presents episodes of education gone awry.
Reading Level:
600 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.6 3.0 45125.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.5 6 Quiz: 23491 Guided reading level: P.
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In these hilarious episodes of education gone awry, familiar characters like Motormouth Morgan and Richard the Bully learn about school and life as their routines are turned upside down and inside out. Magical events bring inanimate objects to life - lunchboxes, playground equipment, mealworms, and pencil sharpeners teach their own lessons...not at all by the book. Each of Douglas Evans' imaginative stories provides a new twist on the nature of schools, teachers, kids, and learning itself.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-4. Homework makes no sense to Hari. Consequently, he eagerly trades one of his five senses to a gnome for doing his lessons. That arrangement works well--until he unwittingly trades away his common sense. The jungle gym, the teeter-totter, and other equipment turn tables on the playground bully; and a mealworm named Bob helps a little girl spell accurately. These are only a few of the wacky takeoffs on third-grade experiences that will have readers laughing out loud. Cleverly disguising lessons on good school behavior in plays on words, fantasy, and humor, these imaginative stories delightfully re-create recognizable school situations and characters. --Ellen Mandel

School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-In a world in which adults are identified by description (tall teacher, Playground Lady) or silly names (Mr. Principle the principal, Miss Givings the substitute, Mr. Leeks the custodian), these school stories unfold with an intriguing mix of fantasy and reality. Among the third graders at W. T. Melon Elementary School are Richard, the recognizable bully, who is himself bullied by playground equipment come to life; lazy Andrew whose doodles wreak havoc on the classroom; and chatterbox Morgan, who learns to listen more than she yaks. Each well-written short selection has strong child appeal and is sprinkled with Di Fiori's appealing black-and-white illustrations. Recognizable characters and situations and zany plots will pull young readers in and convey gentle messages. Fans of Louis Sachar's Sideways Stories from Wayside School (Avon, 1985) will enjoy this book.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.