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About the Author

Debbie Dadey is the bestselling co-author of THE ADVENTURES OF THE BAILEY SCHOOL KIDS series, along with writing partner Marcia Thornton Jones. Debbie has also written many books of her own, including the SWAMP MONSTER IN THIRD GRADE series and THE WORST NAME IN THIRD GRADE. She lives and writes in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her family.

Marcia Thornton Jones is co-author of the bestselling THE ADVENTURES OF THE BAILEY SCHOOL KIDS series, along with single titles like CHAMP. She has been writing for Scholastic for almost twenty years! Marcia lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and their two cats.
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  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Lexile Measure: 600L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Bailey School Kids (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (January 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059043411X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590434119
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marcia Thornton Jones is the author of more than 125 books including RATFINK, CHAMP, GODZILLA ATE MY HOMEWORK LEPRECHAUN ON THE LOOSE, and THE TALE OF JACK FROST. She is the co-author of the writing guide, STORY SPARKERS, and seven best-selling children's series including "Keyholders", "The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids", "Bailey City Monsters", "The Bailey School Kids Junior Chapter Books", "Ghostville Elementary", "Trplet Trouble", and "The Barkley School for Dogs." Her books have been honored and recognized by The Children's Top 100 Books, Children's Choice Award List, Publisher's Weekly Bestsellers list, The Elementary Library Book Award (ELBA), the Humane Society KIND Honor Book list. She is a proud recipient of the Milner Award and is listed as a top 100 author by the Educational Paperback Association.

Besides writing, Marcia enjoys presenting at schools and conferences. As a veteran teacher with 25 years of experience, she easily relates the importance of writing and reading to students of all ages.

Marcia was born in Joliet, IL but has spent most of her life in Lexington, KY. She currently lives in Lexington with her husband, Stephen, and their two cats. To find out more about Marcia, visit her web site at www.marciatjones.com.

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In Vampires Don't Wear Polka-Dots, we are introduced to the soon-to-be-very-odd world of Bailey Elementary School. As our saga opens, the third grade has successfully managed to drive their teacher crazy. Legend has it she has left for the remotest parts of Alaska. Eddie, the class prankster, is thrilled. Not only has he made this class too hot to handle, it means that a NEW teacher is soon to come in!! Ahhh, fresh blood!! (so to speak!)
Well, Bailey Elementary had no idea what they were in for. Their new teacher is a tall, red-haired woman with "eyes the color of lime Kool-Aid". She's also Transylvanian and an absolutely no-nonsense sort of teacher. Most students are immediately intimidated by her thick accent and piercing stare, and almost immediately all students calm down and become the sort of dream students most teachers wish for.
Almost all, that is. Let us not forget about Eddie, who is determined to make sure that the room is run according to HIS adjenda, not hers. At least that's his plan. Of course, Ms. Jeepers has her OWN ideas of how a class should be run.
Suffice it to say that strange and sometimes creepy things begin to happen in class. All the wonderful tricks Eddie tries to play just somehow *don't work*, and there's no good reason why not. Indeed, sometimes tricks that should work perfectly well suddenly defy all laws of physics and logic--like things thrown suddenly changing direction and flying *back* at the thrower-- and, what's more, only when Ms. J is rubbing that strange, glowing brooch she always wears...
As of this writing, there's over 30 Bailey School Kids books, each with a "Don't" title, like "Ghosts Don't Eat Potato Chips" and "Werewolves Don't Go to Summer Camp".
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Did you ever read one of the Bailey School Kids books? Well, if you didn't, you are totally missing out!

My favorite book in the series is Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots by Debbie Dadey. Debbie Dadey wrote a lot of books in the series. The book is about this 3rd grade class that is very naughty to their old teacher, so they got a new teacher Mrs. Jeepers. All the kids thought Mrs. Jeepers was a vampire. Eddie, the class bully, did a lot of disgusting things for Mrs. Jeepers to quit.

Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots is very relaxing to read! You will like the book because there are a lot of mysteries in the book and the kids are always lying that they are not scared of Mrs. Jeepers.

One reason I think Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots is very nice to read, is because at the end of every Chapter there is a mystery. Whenever my teacher reads the book and she stops at the end of the Chapter, I get very sad to know what was going to happen next. It's very exciting for kids like me.

The final reason Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots is nice to read, is because of the character Eddie. He is the class bully. He does a lot of disgusting things. One example where Eddie was disgusting was when he blew a bubble when he was not supposed to. I think this book is good for 3rd and 4th graders!
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My daughter used to read these when she was in grade school. I called her and asked what her favorites were so I could get her step daughter reading and enjoying them. My daughter and I had a good laugh at the titles. Granddaughter l loves them
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I like this book because it was funny in the beginning, and then it got weirder and weirder. I like the characters because they were funny and sometimes very serious. I would recomend this book to people who like scary and funny books.
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A Kid's Review on April 30, 2002
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Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots
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Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thorton Jones

The third grade at Bailey Elementary is the hardest class to control, especially Eddie, who is the class trouble- maker. Most of the teachers who had this class left Bailey Elementary because of all of Eddie's pranks. The new teacher, Mrs. Jeepers is different, though. She won't quit no matter what Eddie does. Each day Mrs. Jeepers wears a brooch that kept getting greener and greener as Eddie does something bad. Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots is about how Mrs. Jeepers takes control of the third grade, but the kids begin to wonder about her.
I think the authors wrote this book to make people laugh. Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots is a very funny, entertaining book. I read the book and laughed.
I really liked this book because of the interesting way it was written. There are all kinds of clues and mysterious events that make you want to figure out the solution. I thought it was clever how the authors used details and events to make the teacher look like a vampire. In a way the classroom and kids seemed like they could be real, but the authors also included parts that were fun and imaginary.
I would recommend this book because you can have fun reading it. I think first to third grade kids would enjoy this book.
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By pampam on March 6, 2013
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My 3rd grade son was reading this and when I walked in, he looked at me with tears in his eyes and said "Mom, this is yucky." He had just read a part where kids said the teacher had probably murdered her last class. I get that some kids may not be effected by this, and we watch all sorts PG-13 stuff but this one really bothered him. Just wanted to give you the heads up.
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