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Oopsy, Teacher! (Carolrhoda Picture Books) Hardcover – August 1, 2012
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Stephanie Calmenson's books have been called "marvelous"(Publishers Weekly), "hilarious"(School Library Journal), and "sweet, funny, and right on the mark" (Booklist). Her most popular titles include Late for School!; Dinner at the Panda Palace, a PBS StoryTime Book; The Principal's New Clothes; May I Pet Your Dog?; and Rosie, A Visiting Dog's Story. Stephanie began her career as an early childhood teacher and, like Mr. Bungles, always tried to turn oopsy days into a party.
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When Mr. Bungles sat down to have his breakfast, the egg and toast were just dandy, but the jam decided to land on his tie. Oopsy! When he arrived at school he counted his students. First there were five, but someone was playing tricks because there were supposed to be six. It just wasn't going to be Mr. Bungles's day, but soon things would seem to get worse. "He went to clean out Nibbles's cage. / He opened up the door. / He had to sneeze and then--achoo! / Nibbles jumped down to the ... floor." The room was alive with excitement as Nibbles began to run. Would Mr. Bungles be able to catch him or would this be a really, really BIG oopsy day!
This humorous book about Mr. Bungles and his oopsy day will delight young students. Of course everyone just loves it when their teacher has an oopsy day, but Mr. Bungles is so lovable it simply adds to the charm of the book. This story in rhyme doesn't miss a beat and would be a fun book to read during circle or storytime, especially if the reader has an expressive voice. The artwork had a giggly aura to it that children will love. One of the most amusing scenes is when Mr. Bungles falls over a ball when he was chasing Nibbles. If you have a classroom full of students who would love a little bit of oopsy doopsy humor, you might want to add this book to your list!
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Calmenson and Yoshikawa's high-energy romp follows the hapless Mr. Bungles through another calamitous day (Late for School!, 2008).
Though he's not late this time, the teacher's bad day begins with a bump on the head before he even leaves his bed, and things only get worse from there: There's soap in his eye, jam on his tie and a hamster on the loose. It is this last thread that propels most of the story, as the teacher and his students chase the errant class pet through the school, around the track and into town. Momentarily airborne on the tail of a kite, Nibbles is finally cornered at the local pizza place, where he is nibbling some pepperoni. Calmenson's verses reflect Mr. Bungles' breathless day. The clever format leaves the last rhyming word to the page-turn, allowing kids who are listening to shout out the answer. "Mr. Bungles sat down with a sigh. / He said, `Nibbles, you're a smarty. / You ran us 'round till lunchtime. / Kids, let's have a pizza... // party!' " Yoshikawa's energetic artwork plays up the action of the text with bright colors and blurry lines that denote motion.
Poor Mr. Bungles--readers' enjoyment practically guarantees that he will face yet another bad day sometime in the near future. Here's hoping his positive attitude holds up. (Picture book. 3-7)