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Editorial Reviews

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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 - 1
  • 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 (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Gall has been drawing pictures for as long as he can remember. When he was caught doodling on his desk in second grade, his teacher suggested that he might become an artist some day, then made him clean all the desks in the classroom. In seventh grade, Chris won a Read Magazine Young Writers Award, and that inspired him to create stories to go with his art. After graduating from the University of Arizona, Chris became an award-winning, internationally recognized illustrator, and his artwork has been shown in almost every publication in America, including Time, Newsweek, People, Fortune, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

In 2004, his first picture book, America the Beautiful, became a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of the Year, and his career in children's publishing began. Since then he has authored and illustrated eleven more books, including the acclaimed Dinotrux, a 2009 Publishers Weekly Best Children's book, Dog Vs. Cat, Revenge of the Dinotrux, Awesome Dawson, and Substitute Creacher. In August of 2015 Netflix began airing Dinotrux, an animated television series produced by DreamWorks.

Chris has also worked as an adjunct professor of art at the University of Arizona and spent four years as a professional stand-up comedian. He currently lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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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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Perfect for substitute teachers! I use it all the time. It's a fun and entertaining that tells students to behave.
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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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Ms. Jenkins's class is acting up. To get his kids straightened out, Ms. Jenkins sends in the substitute teacher of all substitute teachers, Mr. Creacher. He is a monster who shares terrifying stories with the class about what happens to children who do not behave.

"Good morning to all!
My name's Mr. Creacher.
Ms. Jenkins has asked me
to step in as a teacher.
She claims that this class
has grown quite out of hand.
So, I'm here to warn you
we're taking a stand.

Amanda snickered at the way he spoke. Gavin opened a fresh box of tacks. The creature glared.

Kids in my library loved the illustrations and begged to check this book out.
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My daughter couldn't wait to read this book. Once we did, it was not a disappointment. After we were done she screamed, "that was s-o-o-o cool!" A terrific complement coming from a four year-old. She has continued to read the book at home, at grandma's, while driving...pretty much everywhere. As a parent I liked the story because it showed a great example of consequences of our actions. Chris is once a horrible little boy who doesn't do good and one day he becomes the way he acts. It's also shows how we make up for wrong deeds, by serving and making up for what we did. Overall a terrific book! --Daddy's Girls Book Reviews
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5 from me and 5 from my 5-year-old son, who adores it and wants many readings. This is one of the best kid's book I've read and we read lots in our house. It's fun of course, but it's funny, poignant and has a solid lesson told gently and one of the sweetest endings I've read in a while. The illustrations are fantastic as well. It prompted me to quickly get 2 more books by Chris Gall-Dinotrux and There's Nothing to Do on Mars both great. But this is his masterpiece.
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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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