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Kindergarten-Grade 2–During the first week of school, Principal Wiggins promises that if the students read 1000 books by June 12, he will dye his hair purple and sleep on the roof. Miss Malarkey tells her class that they will be doing the Everybody Reads in America program and promises that all of the students will find books they love before the end of the school year. She picks some for each of them, engaging even reluctant readers. One boy remains unable to find a book he likes until June 10, when Miss Malarkey chooses one that has aliens, race cars, funny jokes, chewing gum, hot sauce, and cannonballs. It becomes number 1001 read by the students and the story ends with everyone wishing Principal Wiggins (whose hair is now purple) a good night on the roof. This title will resonate with those who choose math, video games, and sports over books. O'Malley's illustrations, done in markers and colored pencils, enhance the text with expressive pictures of the students and their teacher as they explore (or choose not to explore) the joys of reading. The illustrations lend humor and credibility to the reluctance of some of the students. A must-have for all libraries.–Rebecca Sheridan, Easttown Library & Information Center, Berwyn, PA
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Gr. 1-3. Ace teacher Miss Malarkey returns in a picture book narrated by a reluctant reader. Although comfortable within his small group of video-game-playing buddies, a boy wants to contribute to the schoolwide goal of reading 1,000 books in hope of seeing Principal Wiggins "dye his hair purple and sleep on the roof of the school." Trying one of Miss Malarkey's suggested books after another, he rejects them all--until she finds the perfect one to match his eclectic interests. Expressive cartoon-style illustrations, brightened with markers and colored pencils, create a series of lively scenes in which speech balloons record conversations and comments not found in the text. With an unstated moral, this is one volume that librarians won't soon forget. Short lists of recommended books, including a bibliography of adult books that recommend children's books, are appended. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 570 (What's this?)
  • Series: Miss Malarkey
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802720986
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802720986
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Like all the Miss Malarkey books, this one is great for teachers. As a Lead Literacy Teacher, I use this book at staff developement meetings and all teachers enjoy it. It is a great book to use for discussions on students and reading. I recommend this to all educators.
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Recommended book for Reading Teachers to share with students. A VERY reluctant reader just can't get into reading preferring instead his video games with his pals. One by one his friends become engaged readers, yet the first person narrator just can't enjoy ANY of the books she passes his way. Many Reading Specialists will recognize themselves in this teacher!
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This book is great. I read it at the beginning of school and challenged myself to get every child reading. It worked. I read the book several times and left it out for the kids to read. It was worth it. What a challenge for myself and the students.

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Great book for K-grade2, esp. reluctant readers.Miss Malarkey never gives up on finding an enjoyable book for each child in her room. She succeeds!!

She is a young teacher which appeals to young children. All Miss Malarkey books are enjoyable.

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Ah, the enthusiasm of Miss Malarkey! Her youth, her dedication, her tenacity--what wonderful qualities to find in a young teacher. May all the young teachers in classrooms everywhere develop the same strong commitment to their students as Miss Malarkey has! You see, Miss Malarkey is dedicated to this end: "Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind" (note the little play on former President Bush's Leave No Student Behind policy) and searches all year long for just the right book for each student.

It all begins when the principal declares at the beginning of the school year that he will dye his hair(piece) purple and sleep on the roof if the students collectively read 1000 books by the end of the year! Miss Malarkey is pumped! She's gotta see that! But even more than purple hair and a wild night on the roof, Miss Malarkey wants all her students to participate in Everybody Reads in America because "reading is about the finest thing a person can do."

The narrator, an unidentified boy with no age given, and his friends HATE to read. It's not that he doesn't like Miss Malarkey--he does--he just doesn't like to read. Then he thought if a book were about aliens, race cars, funny jokes, chewing gum, hot sauce, and cannonballs at the pool, he would be game to read it.

It doesn't take Miss Malarkey (have you caught on to her name yet?--really a misnomer because of her good heart and good intent) long to find books for most of the students who actually--gasp!--love to read. But for our narrator, she finds them, he finds them booorrrrinngg.

Even his friends go on the sly to read so he won't know. When their secret is out, they begin to openly discuss books at Narrator's house, much to his dismay.
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As our school reading specialist, I'm going to read this to our staff at our opening faculty meeting. Hopefully this will inspire the teachers to get to know their students better, discuss books, and motivate the kids to READ!
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Love, love, love he Miss Malarkey books! It uses a lot of speech bubbles which makes it a great introduction to that concept for the younger children. I also like how it explains that there is a way to get everyone hooked on reading if you focus on the things they are interested in. Great to use at the beginning of the year for self-selected quiet reading time!
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This book would be perfect to introduce and explain Readers Workshop.
Many students would identify with the reluctant reader, and teachers with Miss Malarkey's quest to find him the perfect book!
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