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Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots (The Adventures Of The Bailey School Kids) Paperback – January 1, 1991

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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 (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Still love the Bailey School Kids. Books from my childhood I've shared with my nieces, one of whom is currently fascinated with vampires and other monsters but REALLY isn't old enough for "non-fiction" books and folk tales with "icky-scary stuff", and too prone to nightmares for goosebumps (and they didn't cover "traditional enough" monsters for her). She is enjoying the vamps, werewolves, etc and still learning the mythology/symbols/traditional elements of literature and folklore, and isn't getting nightmares. I'm happy, she's happy, and Eddie and Mrs Jeepers are still awesome, 20 years later.
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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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I read this book aloud to my third grade classes every year, and they always enjoy it! I actually bought this copy to replace the one I have, which has been "well-read" and "well-loved" by all.
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I was looking at buying a few books I owned as a kid and I stumbled across this one.
This was the first book that I read other than picture books at the time . It got me hooked on reading since that day I have always had a book on the go.
The entire series I remember being very entertaining and I always wanted to read another. It is a great way to introduce a different type of book to children. I would highly recommend this to any parent trying to get their child to read. It posed enough of a challenge at the time to still be a valuable learning tool with reading. Great book for kids ! Amazing series !
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