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Gr. 1-3. Second-grader A. J. hates school, but he has to admit that Miss Daisy isn't like any teacher he has had before. She enjoys watching TV and eating chocolate just like A. J., and she is always asking her students for help solving problems in math and spelling. She also takes A. J.'s suggestion to turn the school into a video-game arcade seriously. Principal Klutz agrees to "rent out" the school for a night (and wear a gorilla suit) if the children read a million pages. Can they do it? The humorous, simply written story, first in the My Weird School series, gets its zest largely from A. J.'s lively, first-person commentary on school life and legend. Reluctant students will have no trouble relating to A. J., and breezy Miss Daisy illustrates how respecting kids and balancing learning with fun can produce positive results. The occasional cartoon line drawings are a good fit. Shelle Rosenfeld
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Never before has school been this mixed up—or this much fun!

Miss Daisy, who teaches second grade, doesn't know how to add or subtract. Not only that, she doesn't know how to read or write, either. She is the dumbest teacher in the history of the world!


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Series: My Weird School (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (June 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439700426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439700429
  • ASIN: 0060507004
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is hard. I'm a pretty regular Jersey guy who spent fifteen years trying to write newspaper articles, magazine articles, screenplays, books for adults, and just about everything else before I discovered the one thing I'm good at--writing fiction for kids. I aim for kids who DON'T like to read, and hopefully the kids who DO like to read will enjoy my stuff too. For all the gory details about me, check out my web site.

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70 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Lynn H on September 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
My younger son (1st grade) really enjoys the My Weird School series by Dan Gutman. He is just starting to learn to read so the MWS series are books that I read to him at bedtime. We own 4-5 of the books and have checked out several more from our local library.

Pros: There are some very silly and funny parts, which encourage children to read more. My son loved Dr. Brad Has Gone Mad because Dr. Brad speaks with an accent. ("I vant you to look at zeez pictures and tell me vut you see.") Or when the teacher says to take out your reading log, AJ says, "I don't have a reading log. Who wants to read a log?" There are some educational parts (for example, the book about Presidents' Day, Mr. Macky is Wacky, "I'm James Madison. I am the 4th president--and the shortest. I'm about five feet four inches tall.").

Cons: The language in the book is not appropriate. Every book starts with "My name is A.J. and I hate school." My sons (1st and 4th) like school and I want them to continue to like school for as long as possible. I know they will at some point not like school anymore. I'd rather that they didn't get the idea too soon that they're "supposed to" hate school. So I when I read the book, I either just read, "My name is A.J." or if I read the I hate school part, then I'll try to counter that with, "That's too bad! School can be so fun!"

Every book also has several instances of name-calling, mostly "dumbhead." I usually don't read the name calling parts. If I accidently do read it or it's part of the plot, then I stop and remind my son that we don't call people names. Several times the main character will say, "Nah-nah-nah boo-boo on her." AJ and another character Andrea are always bickering. "Maybe you'll finally get kicked out of school," said Andrea.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lianne S. Greve on August 9, 2005
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The first in a wonderfully entertaining series, Miss Daisy is a second grade teacher who needs her students to help her with things she is supposed to be teaching! Imagine the power Miss Daisy's class feels when they get to "help" their nutty teacher.

Fun for new readers and for parents to read aloud to pre-schoolers and kindergarten kids just adapting to school, Dan Gutman has a light touch in showing kids that school can be fun. With so much emphasis on standardized test scores it's great to see that there is someone out there reminding our children that reading can make you smile!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Zlatnik on June 4, 2006
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I discovered Dan Gutman's Weird School series from tutoring a second grade boy who "hated reading." Not only did he like the books, I loved them!

Second graders are the crazy ones, and these books remind me of when I taught second grade. In fact, I think Dan Gutman must really be a second grader in disguise as a grown-up...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 7, 2012
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I like these books and have the first three in the series in our library, but I wouldn't recommend a steady diet of them and I would suggest reading them with your child to see how they go over.

I'm not crazy about the "I hate school" angle. Even though it's not really true for the narrator A.J., it's a refrain that he and his classmates seem compelled to repeat, as though you're supposed to hate school even if you really don't. That, and the occasionally negative vibe that goes along with it actually detract from the overall enjoyment of the book. I don't mind the "dumbhead" type references the kids make toward each other, since it's all pretty mild, but I really believe that real first and second graders actually treat each other with more respect than the author gives them credit for.

That all said, the books have interesting stories, they are not at all mean spirited, they are easy to read with age appropriate words and sentences, and they can have a nice sense of fun.

The books certainly aren't as crude or sour as some other books aimed at this age group, and they aren't fart-and-booger centric, but they are just cartoony enough to give one pause.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By N. Bilmes VINE VOICE on October 26, 2005
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I've been teaching 2nd graders for over ten years and this book is one of my favorites to read aloud to them. The children in my class enjoy the antics of Miss Daisy and eagerly await each new chapter that we get to. The book leads to lively discussions among us about school, teachers, and children, and many of the students I teach have gone on to read and reread this book and others in the series.

Early grade chapter books are not meant to be complex; they're geared for younger readers who are just discovering that reading can by enjoyable. Gutman's book serves as a 'gateway' book that can lead reluctant readers (like the main character AJ) into the world of books.


Most of Gutman's book is right on target in terms of capturing the life of a second grader. One area he gets wrong is having the class talk about multiplication in the first week of school. I don't know of any 2nd grade classrooms where students understand multiplying that early in a school year.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 7, 2006
Format: Library Binding
This book is written by the famous author Dan Gutman. This book is good for ages 8-10. It is a really good book that I know you will enjoy.This boo is so funny. It is really funny. Miss Daisy is teaching second grade and she doesn't even know how to do anything. She is really dumb. The kids in her class are even smarter than miss Daisy. That is why the book is called Miss Daisy is Crazy. I hope for readind my review it will make you read this fabulous book. I hope you are going to enjoy this book.
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