A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Children make their teacher perform stunts, food fights, an off-color song.
Mild bathroom humor, the Miss Lucy playground song is quoted.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The coach chews tobacco; hotel guests get drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a lightweight, fun read.
Is It Any Good?
This lightweight fantasy, with some mildly disgusting imagery, will keep middle-graders amused without horrifying their parents too much. The wish-fulfillment idea of controlling a mean teacher has real appeal, and the not-very-surprising ending, in which it turns out that the magic can't hurt anyone and that the teacher is not as mean as she seems, mitigates any edge the story may have seemed to have.
First-time children's author Allen Kurzweil is not taking any chances here, and there's a certain by-the-numbers quality to the care he invests in appealing to childish humor without bothering adults. The result is harmless and modestly entertaining, which seems to be what he was going for.
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