My Weird School #1: Miss Daisy Is Crazy!

by Dan Gutman illustrated by Jim Paillot

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This delightful chapter book has adorable illustrations and a snappy storyline about a teacher who knows less than her students.

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It's the first day of second grade for A.J., who loves football and video games, but hates, hates, hates school. This year he is stuck with the weirdest teacher ever. Miss Daisy can't do math, she can't read, in fact she doesn't appear to know anything at all. She is so clueless that the rest of the class has to constantly help her spell words correctly and explain to her how they solved their math problems.

Miss Daisy may be weird, but she is also pretty cool. When A.J. tells her about his brilliant plan to turn their school into a video game arcade for one night, she actually likes the idea. She even helps the kids convince Principal Klutz to allow it, but there is one condition—the students must first read one million pages. A.J. and the others are super excited and determined to reach their goal, but how will they ever succeed when their own teacher doesn't know how to read?

The pupils become the teacher in this amusing story about a truly odd educator with an unusual method of keeping students engaged.

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About this Series

A.J. would rather play video games than go to school. But Ella Mentry is no ordinary school—it's staffed by grown-ups who are offbeat, kooky, and just plain weird. In fact, they're so weird that it's usually up to A.J. and his pals to restore order when things get a little out of hand. In the meantime, the kids discover that school can be fun—even the learning part.

These irreverent early chapter books feature cartoon illustrations and characters whose antics will have readers expecting the unexpected. The original My Weird School series has branched out into My Weird School Daze (following the kids from second to third grade) and My Weirder School (which brings the weirdness of the outside world to Ella Mentry).

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Product Details

    • Grades: 2 - 4
    • Ages: 8 - 10
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-439-70042-9

Editorial Reviews

"A sure-fire hit for the most reluctant reader." —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Becoming a successful children's book author was no easy slam dunk for Dan Gutman. He received hundreds of rejection letters before finally deciding to write about what he loved: sports! In 1997 he wrote an article for Discover magazine about the science of spitballs, scuffballs, and corked bats, and in 1994, when his son was four years old, he tried his hand at writing sports fiction for children.

About his first novel, They Came from Centerfield, Gutman writes: "It was fun to write, kids loved it, and I discovered how incredibly rewarding it is to take a blank page and turn it into a world. Around the same time, I started visiting schools, giving a program in which I use sports to get the students excited about reading and writing."

Following the early success of sports series like Baseball Card Adventures, about a boy who can travel through time to meet sports legends when he touches a baseball card, Gutman branched out as a writer, creating historical mystery novels and the hugely popular My Weird School chapter book series.