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Grade 1-4-Zack's exciting new teacher has a magic storybook. When she opens it up and reads aloud, the characters pop out and bring the tales to life right before the students' eyes. But Miss Smith's book isn't for everybody, and when stuffy Principal Rittenrotten has to fill in for her one morning, the dragon, princess, and knight that materialize from the pages send him from the room in a panic. The only way to make them disappear is to finish their respective stories, but Zack's classmates keep beginning new ones instead, until the school is overrun with Goldilocks, the Mad Hatter, and other such characters, seen vividly cavorting across the full-page spreads. Fortunately, Miss Smith shows up just in time and returns them to the safety of the book's pages, leaving the principal confused and her students forever in her debt. The lively, bright illustrations have a glossy, computer-generated quality that young readers will appreciate. Miss Smith wears a black leather jacket and a lapel button advertising "The Clash," and has a punk-rock hairdo. A satisfactory addition to most collections.
Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC
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[An] animated invitation to the pleasures of reading, as well as a tribute to unconventional teachers everywhere. -- Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: AD680L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (July 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525471332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525471332
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award winning author and illustrator Michael Garland has been out on the New York Times Best Seller list four times.

Some recent Michael Garland books from are; Oh, What A Christmas! Scholastic, Miss Smith Under the Ocean, Dutton Publishers, and Grandpa's Tractor, Boyds Mills

Michael Garland's greatest success has been for writing and illustrating children's picture books. Garland's Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook recently won the California and Delaware State Reading Awards. He is currently working on his thirtieth book as author and illustrator.

Michael Garland has illustrated for celebrity authors like James Patterson and Gloria Estefan. His illustrations for Patterson's SantaKid were the inspiration for Sak's Fifth's Avenue's Christmas holiday window display in New York City. Garland's Christmas Magic has become a season classic and is currently being developed for a for a TV special.

His work has won many honors and is frequently included in the Society of Illustrators and the Original Art of Children's book show as well annuals from Print, Graphis and Communications Arts magazines. Recently, Michael Garland was included on the list of the top one hundred Irish Americans by Irish American Magazine.
Michael Garland is frequently asked to speak at schools, literary conferences and festivals across the country.

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Format: Hardcover
I was looking through children's books at the book store and immediately this one caught my eye. I have read several Michael Garland books to my twins and they have loved his stories and illustrations. This one is no different. I laughed aloud at the store as I turned the pages. I thought of all of those wonderful teachers out there that encourage reading in their students because they are fantastic story readers. I immediately ordered the book for my son's teacher (who happens to have short spikey hair like Miss Smith). What a wonderful book to give as a gift to a child and a teacher!
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I found this book at the book store just the other day. I read it to my daughter's 1st grade class this afternoon. Only one or two of the 16 children had seen/heard of it before. They loved it. They were straining to see the wonderful bright colored pictures more closely before we passed it around. They enjoyed picking out familiar characters in the illustrations. They appreciated the humor of Principal Rittenrotten's predicament. They all agreed that it would be neat if characters really came out of books. The length/number of words is just right for this age to hear or read themselves.
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This is a great book to read if you like a story that mixes all the characters from many different tales. It is humorous, exciting, great words and many other tings that you will find out when you read it. The main character is Zack, and Miss Smith. She has a great book to read to Zack`s class. This book is about how Zack went to the first day of class.He thought that it was going to be boring so he was bored until..... his teacher came to the class. He was thinking that all his teachers were pretty much the same but this teacher was cool looking.The teacher said story time and she began to read.If you want to know the stories she read, you have to read it for your self. You should read this book to find great excitement.
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Format: Paperback
Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland was wonderful! Miss Smith is a teacher with the magical ability to read stories out of books, creating a fantastic show each day during story time. When each story ends, the characters jump back into the book, returning the second grade classroom to normal, but always leaving the children enchanted. When Miss Smith is late one day, the principal takes over her job of reading to the children and is horrified to find book characters in the classroom and doesn't realize that by simply finishing the story, the characters will return to their story land, creating immense chaos in the room.

The story is humorous enough, but the illustrations are just fantastic in this book. Lots of bright colors will draw a child's eye all over the pages and the depictions of famous storybook characters are perfect. I love this book and am anxious to read the sequel. I've ordered if for our library, but the waiting period stinks!
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Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook is a wonderful book full of fantasy.

When the class was an about to start Zack thought that this year will be as boring as last year. Until Miss Smith enter to the room and said "Good morning class." Zack thought that that it was way more different from the other teachers(it had spiky hair.)When ever she tells a story all the characters come alive. One day Miss Smith couln't go to school and the principal needed to read!!! What do you think the principal would say? What would happen?

I recomend this book to kids 4-9. Parents will enjoy reading it to their children also.
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Not even an eight years old boy like my son, who would normally find any possible excuse to avoid his daily reading practice, could resist the lure of this action packed, fast paced, cleverly plotted children's book. The references to the most popular fairy tales and the spectacular illustrations enhance its captivating qualities. The artwork really deserves a 5 plus. I highly recommend the whole series.
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I think that this book is great because it has so many pictures. When Miss Smith is reading the characters jump out of the books. The pictures make the characters come to life. It is fun to read the book because Miss Smith looks funny. It was fun to find the different characters from the all the fairy tales.
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Reading really is magic. The words and illustrations of a really good book transport us to other worlds, other time periods, other dimensions. And a really excellent teacher will get children excited about reading and make them yearn for the written word. MISS SMITH'S INCREDIBLE STORYBOOK, by Michael Garland, is one of those very magical stories that really appeal to children and make them want to read more.

In MISS SMITH'S INCREDIBLE STORYBOOK, Miss Smith is the new teacher, and she makes both reading and school cool. She has bright orange, punked out hair, wears red Converse high tops, and a black leather jacket with buttons of cool rock bands on the collar. And when she reads to the class from her storybook, the stories come to life...literally. Zack and the rest of his classmates suddenly find themselves on the deck of a pirate ship or in the woods with Little Red Ridinghood. At the end of each story, the characters and the locations pop back into the book. Zack and his friends are very excited about class and about reading. One day, however, Miss Smith is late for class, and Principal Rittenrotten (gotta love that name!) begins to read from Miss Smith's book. Suddenly, the storybook characters are out of control! Can Miss Smith get them all back safely in the book?

MISS SMITH'S INCREDIBLE STORYBOOK is pure delight. I bough it as a Christmas present for my 3 and ½ year old on the recommendation of a friend, and my wee one just loves it (I do, too!). The story is simple and clearly told. She follows it without out any problems and just loves looking at the vibrant, colorful drawings. She easily identifies the characters from other familiar stories, and finds the entire dilemma in the book to be hilarious.
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