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* "Combines humor and a touch of magic.... certain to provide more than a few laughs."
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "This is a delicious little shocker of a picture book that ought to whip... crowd[s] of youngsters into a shrieking, laughing frenzy."
Booklist, starred review

"Explosive, cinematic panels; retro Ben-Day dot patterns allude to classic funnies."―Publishers Weekly

"Colorful and catchy... [a] gleeful cautionary tale." School Library Journal



"Mr. Creacher's cautionary tales, told in rhyme, are as appealing as Chris Gall's bold, cartoonlike drawings. It's an educational horror story with a happy ending."―USA Today

About the Author

Chris Gall is the award-winning author and illustrator of Revenge of the Dinotrux, Substitute Creacher, Dear Fish, There's Nothing to Do on Mars, and Dinotrux, a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2009. His books have received numerous starred reviews and awards including a Borders Original Voices Book for 2006 for Dear Fish and a Kirkus Best Children's Book for 2008 for There's Nothing to Do on Mars. Chris has won a multitude of awards from organizations like the Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts Magazine, and is also the illustrator of America the Beautiful, a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2004. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (July 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031608915X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316089159
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.5 x 12.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Being retired now for a number of years, and having learned that it is (despite wishful thinking on the part of many) quite possible to play too much golf, I began a part time career as a substitute teacher.

I was at one time, also difficult for some to believe, a school boy myself. I felt that these facts concerning my life made me very well qualified to read and review this work. Also, when you combine these past experiences with the fact that I read a lot of books to a lot of children, and have for years, I pretty well have a good idea of what a child likes in the way of literature; especially at the age this book is targeted for. I feel you can trust me on this one folks...the kids are going to love it.

I must say that I was delighted with this latest offering from Chris Gall. Through his prose, rhyme and art he has nailed the relationship between child and teacher perfectly, and done it in a very entertaining way.

It would seem that Ms. Jenkins, the regular teacher, had to take a day away from her class and so a substitute teacher was brought in for her. The kids (who are a well rounded group to typical young scamps) are excited and delighted with the opportunity to practice their disruptive skills on yet another victim. As they are rehearsing for their day to come, the class room door slowly creaks open....the substitute teacher enters...very green with green warts, seven tentacle shaped legs, one eye in front, three in the back of his head and green pudgy hands. (The teachers light brown suit and red bow-tie went quite well with the creatures skin color though; I will say that). This was most certainly NOT your typical substitute teacher, but indeed, a "Substitute Creacher!
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We didn't think about getting her the book before he came, so, she could have it autographed by Mr.Gall...so, once she met him, she wanted the books!
she enjoys it quite a bit...(we ordered a couple) and even though she's only about to finish kindergarten, she can
read it on her own and loves it...
Great book! with a very nice message.
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I love this book. I got it intended for my 3 year old from the library. She was so-so about it but my almost 2 year old son loved it! He would listen to it every night and sit perfectly still. He loved the vivid images. My daughter, I think, would like it more if she understood the story a little bit better. I think it's just a little over her head or maybe just a little confusing for her. She did like the images and the Substitute Creacher. In a few more months she may like it more. I ordered it for my son. It's part of his nightly rotation! Very fun book!
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I am a substitute teacher. I first read this book, left by the teacher, for a class a couple of years ago and then purchased it myself. I occasionally read it to classes that I go to and the kids really like it. Unexpected story line about a frazzled teacher who invites a special substitute with some unique life experiences to hopefully straighten out her class.
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I read this to 2nd grade class and they enjoyed it. I personally wasn't crazy about it. I thought that story didn't flow well, but all those seven and eight years old were enjoying, giggling, and guessing what was going to happen at the end.
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Transitioning from daycare teacher to public school substitute was completely nerve racking for me... At the beginning of my journey, Substute Creacher was there to help immediately draw attention and ease the awkwardness in the room. Great experience for both, the kids and me. Monthssss later, I still keep it on hand. Perfect pair to Miss Nelson is Missing 😉
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Bought this for my grandchildren ages 4, 5.5, and 6.5....they love it as do I. Clever fun reading. Sometimes books such as these are a bit too far out but this book stays the course. The pictures are also a delight and fun to look at carefully. The play on words is a great learning tool for the children.
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My 6 year old son loves this book and so do I! I first got the book when my son was 5 and his sisters were 7 and 8. All loved it. The story is clever with a little mystery. The illustrations are fun. Well done!
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