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No more nasty
MacDonald, Amy.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2001.
Physical Description:
171 pages : : illustrations ; 24 cm
When Simon's Great Aunt Matilda becomes the substitute teacher for his unruly fifth-grade class, her unique way of looking at things gives the students a new perspective on learning.
General Note:
"Melanie Kroupa books."
Reading Level:
610 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.6 5.0 54517.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.5 9 Quiz: 31287 Guided reading level: Q.
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A wild and funny celebration of individuality! Eleven-year-old Simon is mortified to discover that his eccentric Aunt Mattie - with her mismatched shoes, huge flowered hat, and incorrigibly rude parrot, Runcible (whose favorite phrase is "Shut up, please!) - is the new substitute teacher for his fifth-grade class. Before long Aunt Mattie turns the whole school on its ear with her irreverent ways and teaches Simon's class of "misfits" that they're smarter than they think they are! Who else could have created the prize-winning Mighty Muculent Egg-Breaking and Breakfast-Making Morning-Waking Machine?Dozens of witty illustrations add to the fun in this hilarious sequel to No More Nice . Here's a book that will have young readers looking at school - and themselves - in a whole new way.

Author Notes

Amy MacDonald 's books include Rachel Fister's Blister , which appeared on Fanfare , The Horn Book 's Honor List, and No More Nice , a Parents' Choice Silver Honor Winner. She lives in Falmouth, Maine. Cat Bowman Smith has illustrated many books, including No More Nice . She lives in Pittsford, New York.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 3-6. In the sequel to No More Nice (1996), 11-year-old Simon's rambunctious class is taking bets on how long the new substitute teacher will last. Simon worries that the class will eat her alive, but the sub is his wildly creative, eccentric great-aunt Mattie--and it never pays to underestimate her. Simon, a quiet student who has been unfairly labeled a teacher's pet, loves his aunt but fears the kids' reaction to her. Although he feels guilty about it, he hopes the class never learns they're related. Not to worry: Aunt Mattie's unorthodox methods soon win over the class, and before long the kids have won a math bee and started on a Rube Goldbergesque science fair project. MacDonald's tall tale-like story will keep kids laughing and reading right to the satisfying ending, when Simon finds a way to let his aunt know how much she means to him. --Chris Sherman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Great-Aunt Matilda, Simon's guardian from No More Nice, is back in No More Nasty by Amy MacDonald, illus. by Cat Bowman Smith only this time she is the new substitute in Simon's fifth-grade class. The hero and his classmates are in for a surprise as their classroom is turned upside down and her cockeyed view makes learning fun. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-In this sequel to No More Nice (Orchard, 1996), Simon is used to the kids in the classroom making fun of their mean teacher. However, when she quits and is replaced by his Great-Aunt Matilda, he is left with a dilemma. To the fifth grader, she is both his beloved aunt and an extremely embarrassing figure. He is not ready to acknowledge their relationship even though this leads his classmates to believe that he is a teacher's pet. To them, Mrs. Maxwell deserves the same tricks that they have pulled on all the subs, even though she seems to see through their antics. To the staff, she is an irritant who doesn't show respect for their authority and rules. By the time that she is through with the class, the students will never be the same. Mrs. Maxwell is a colorful figure reminiscent of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle with a better vocabulary and less respect for standard school practices. Simon's reticence to claim his outlandish relative is understandable and makes his efforts to apologize to her for his slight more sincere. The delightful black-and-white illustrations highlight moments of the humorous plot, which readers will enjoy as a read-aloud or read-alone.-Betsy Fraser, Calgary Public Library, Canada (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.