Chat with us, powered by LiveChat

Dear Substitute



by
Audrey Vernick ,Liz Garton Scanlon
pictures by
Chris Raschka

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Disney Book Group
Imprint
Disney-Hyperion
ISBN
9781484750223

Awards and Honors
2019 Gryphon Award Honor
Horn Book Fanfare - 2018
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
None
$6.00   $5.00
SEE MEMBER PRICE
QTY
Out of stock

JLG Category

Easy Reading Plus

Told in a series of epistolary poems, this funny, relatable picturebook is a great fit for classrooms and for any child nervous about new experiences.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
None

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

10" x 11 1/2"

Dewey

E

AR

2.9: points 0.5

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Aug 2018

Book Genres


Standard MARC Records

Download Standard MARC Records

Cover Art

Download Cover Art

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist*, Publishers Weekly*, Kirkus Reviews, School Library Journal, The Horn Book Magazine*

School Library Journal

Just when you think you’ve got the school routine down pat, a substitute shows up and does everything differently. In a series of short poems, an unnamed narrator apologizes for the deviations from the norm: the roll call is mispronounced, the homework isn’t collected, the turtle’s tank isn’t cleaned, and so on. Raschka’s good-humored watercolors take all this disruption just seriously enough. The spread with Miss Pelly’s “back-of-the-head eyes” gazing attentively through her red, cat’s-eye-framed glasses is particularly effective. By the end of the day, the narrator has adjusted and even discovered something new: she likes poetry thanks to the anthologies Miss Pelly shares. All school children deal with substitute teachers somewhere along the line; this title will help them embrace a little flexibility. VERDICT Every elementary school library will want a copy and it won’t be out of place in public libraries or homes, either.–Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY

Horn Book

With her regular teacher out sick (we glimpse a feverish Mrs. Giordano on the copyright page), a little girl in brown pigtails writes a series of letters throughout her school day, beginning: “Dear Substitute, / Wow. This is a surprise. / What are you doing here?” Raschka’s illustration conveys the girl’s worry—flowers droop, a pencil is broken in half, the teacher’s glasses glint formidably, and even the sun in the corner of a window looks anxious. The substitute, Miss Pelly, does things differently: she skips library and cleaning the turtle’s cage (“Dear Turtle…Please don’t explode, or die of dirt, or escape”) and catches the girl’s forbidden food swap with a classmate at lunch (“Dear Tears, / Not here. / Not now. / You understand”). The day improves after Miss Pelly breaks out a book of funny poetry, inspiring the girl to write her own. A closing picture shows Miss Pelly looking kind, flowers no longer drooping, and the sun peeking happily through a nowheart- shaped window. Scanlon and Vernick capture with humor and sympathy the indignation some kids feel when life doesn’t go as expected. In his watercolor and gouache paintings Raschka makes the mundane school setting fresh, with unexpected twists. Kids will probably want to go back through the pages to follow recurring motifs such as the sun, the turtle, and the flowers as well as the progression of feelings from despair to exuberance. susan dove lempke

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Just when you think you’ve got the school routine down pat, a substitute shows up and does everything differently. In a series of short poems, an unnamed narrator apologizes for the deviations from the norm: the roll call is mispronounced, the homework isn’t collected, the turtle’s tank isn’t cleaned, and so on. Raschka’s good-humored watercolors take all this disruption just seriously enough. The spread with Miss Pelly’s “back-of-the-head eyes” gazing attentively through her red, cat’s-eye-framed glasses is particularly effective. By the end of the day, the narrator has adjusted and even discovered something new: she likes poetry thanks to the anthologies Miss Pelly shares. All school children deal with substitute teachers somewhere along the line; this title will help them embrace a little flexibility. VERDICT Every elementary school library will want a copy and it won’t be out of place in public libraries or homes, either.–Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Library, NY

Horn Book

With her regular teacher out sick (we glimpse a feverish Mrs. Giordano on the copyright page), a little girl in brown pigtails writes a series of letters throughout her school day, beginning: “Dear Substitute, / Wow. This is a surprise. / What are you doing here?” Raschka’s illustration conveys the girl’s worry—flowers droop, a pencil is broken in half, the teacher’s glasses glint formidably, and even the sun in the corner of a window looks anxious. The substitute, Miss Pelly, does things differently: she skips library and cleaning the turtle’s cage (“Dear Turtle…Please don’t explode, or die of dirt, or escape”) and catches the girl’s forbidden food swap with a classmate at lunch (“Dear Tears, / Not here. / Not now. / You understand”). The day improves after Miss Pelly breaks out a book of funny poetry, inspiring the girl to write her own. A closing picture shows Miss Pelly looking kind, flowers no longer drooping, and the sun peeking happily through a nowheart- shaped window. Scanlon and Vernick capture with humor and sympathy the indignation some kids feel when life doesn’t go as expected. In his watercolor and gouache paintings Raschka makes the mundane school setting fresh, with unexpected twists. Kids will probably want to go back through the pages to follow recurring motifs such as the sun, the turtle, and the flowers as well as the progression of feelings from despair to exuberance. susan dove lempke

Grades 1-3
Easy Reading Plus
For Grades 1-3

Don't stop at just 12. Order this extended category and treat your students to even more challenges-with 12 additional Easy Reading titles delivered to your library each year.

14 books per Year
$213.50 per Year
Interests
Beginning Readers,Chapter Books,Fiction,Picture Books
Like this book?
Get more like this every month.
LEARN MORE
Grades 1-3
Easy Reading Plus
14 books per Year
$213.50 per Year

Other Recommended Titles From Easy Reading Plus

Easy Reading Plus

October 2021

When Grandfather Flew

by Patricia MacLachlan

Easy Reading Plus

October 2021

Easy Reading Plus

September 2021

Easy Reading Plus

September 2021
Copyright © 2017 Magento, Inc. All rights reserved.