Kindergarten-Grade 2–During the first week of school, Principal Wiggins promises that if the students read 1000 books by June 12, he will dye his hair purple and sleep on the roof. Miss Malarkey tells her class that they will be doing the Everybody Reads in America program and promises that all of the students will find books they love before the end of the school year. She picks some for each of them, engaging even reluctant readers. One boy remains unable to find a book he likes until June 10, when Miss Malarkey chooses one that has aliens, race cars, funny jokes, chewing gum, hot sauce, and cannonballs. It becomes number 1001 read by the students and the story ends with everyone wishing Principal Wiggins (whose hair is now purple) a good night on the roof. This title will resonate with those who choose math, video games, and sports over books. O'Malley's illustrations, done in markers and colored pencils, enhance the text with expressive pictures of the students and their teacher as they explore (or choose not to explore) the joys of reading. The illustrations lend humor and credibility to the reluctance of some of the students. A must-have for all libraries.–Rebecca Sheridan, Easttown Library & Information Center, Berwyn, PA
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Gr. 1-3. Ace teacher Miss Malarkey returns in a picture book narrated by a reluctant reader. Although comfortable within his small group of video-game-playing buddies, a boy wants to contribute to the schoolwide goal of reading 1,000 books in hope of seeing Principal Wiggins "dye his hair purple and sleep on the roof of the school." Trying one of Miss Malarkey's suggested books after another, he rejects them all--until she finds the perfect one to match his eclectic interests. Expressive cartoon-style illustrations, brightened with markers and colored pencils, create a series of lively scenes in which speech balloons record conversations and comments not found in the text. With an unstated moral, this is one volume that librarians won't soon forget. Short lists of recommended books, including a bibliography of adult books that recommend children's books, are appended. Carolyn Phelan
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This is a wonderful book for the beginning of the year! It inspired my students to exceed our principal's goal and challenge her if they succeed.Published 22 days ago by P. Fenimore
Love, love, love he Miss Malarkey books! It uses a lot of speech bubbles which makes it a great introduction to that concept for the younger children. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dawn D Crow
THIS WAS AN AWESOME BOOK! I THOUGHT IT WAS A CHAPTER BOOK BUT IT IS STILL BOSS. GOOD JOB JUDY AND KEVINPublished 12 months ago by Evan
As our school reading specialist, I'm going to read this to our staff at our opening faculty meeting. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazing Mumford