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. Volume XIII Number 5 . . . .October 27, 2006
When the most fun classroom in the school has "a most grievous accident" over the summer holidays, Miss Chimney and her students are forced to relocate to the original one-room schoolhouse on the grounds of the elementary school. It's not bad enough that the new room is the worst place to be, but it is haunted! The school bully is transferred to the classroom, along with a whole cast of wild and unique characters including a potbellied pig, a guinea pig named Butterbum and an invisible cat named Amadeus. The story turns even wilder when the classroom teacher disappears! The students’ reactions are, of course, of shock and horror when Miss Chimney and Pourquoi, the potbellied pig, are eaten by slime. Now the students must find a way to save their teacher and still win the "Best Classroom" contest! First prize for the contest will reward the best classroom with seven days of tasting and creating twenty-three new flavors of ice cream at the Dream Cream Factory! The students do everything they can to make sure they are the winners, which includes their developing some hilarious and inventive plans to rescue Miss Chimney!
I found this book to be very confusing from the very first chapter. There are far too many characters which makes the story extremely hard to follow. The author uses the words "stupid" and "dumb" on several occasions. Other wording used as dialogue is not appropriate for the age group the book is geared towards. Examples include:
There are many more inappropriate references in this book I could have used for examples. I do not recommend this book for any age group and do not feel it is worth having in a school library.
Shelly Tyler is a library technician at Chapman School in Winnipeg, MB.
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