Even the best teachers can have an oopsy day. Sometimes things just don’t go their way.
Uh-oh! Mr. Bungles drips jam on his tie at breakfast. His students play a trick on him at school. And the class hamster, Nibbles, escapes from his cage! Mr. Bungles and the class chase Nibbles through the halls and into town. But can they catch the hamster?
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 2|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Genre||Fiction, Picture Books|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Carolrhoda Books ®, Lerner Digital ™|
|Reading Counts! Level||1.5|
School Library Journal
“The full-color cartoon illustrations capture the nonstop action, while the rhyming text—placing the next important rhyming word on the following page—builds momentum. The characters’ protuberant eyes, open mouths, and wildly flailing arms and legs add to the humor.” —School Library Journal
Mr. Bungles is having a bad day just like he did in Calmenson’s earlier book about Mr. Bungles, Late for School (2008). He bumps his head to start his day and then gets soap in his eyes and jam on his tie, and when he finally gets to school the classroom hamster, Nibbles, is on the loose! Mr. Bungles and his students are on the run after the hamster – around the school, around the track, and into town where they find him at the local pizza shop happily nibbling on some pepperoni. Yoshikawa’s bright and playful illustrations complement the humor and fast action of the story. This will be a good read aloud and maybe an introduction to taking care of the class pet. Calmenson likes to write early school stories and more can be found at her publisher’s website or at her own website. Another new book from author Stephanie Calmenson is the interactive response book Ollie’s School Day; a yes-and-no book.
“The clever format leaves the last rhyming word to the page-turn, allowing kids who are listening to shout out the answer…Yoshikawa’s energetic artwork plays up the action of the text with bright colors and blurry lines that denote motion.” —Kirkus Reviews
Author: Stephanie Calmenson
Stephanie Calmenson was an elementary school teacher, children's book editor, and Editorial Director of the Parents Magazine Press before turning to writing full time. Her books have been called "marvelous" (Publishers Weekly), "lyrical" (School Library Journal), "hilarious" (School Library Journal), and "sweet, funny, and right on the mark" (Booklist). Her most popular titles include Dinner at the Panda Palace, a PBS StoryTime Book; The Principal's New Clothes; Late for School!; Welcome, Baby!; and Rosie, A Visiting Dog's Story. She has collaborated on anthologies and chapter books with Joanna Cole, author of the Magic School Bus series, and with Ann Martin creator of The Baby-sitter's Club series.
Illustrator: Sachiko Yoshikawa
Sachiko Yoshikawa has been creating whimsical and vibrant illustrations with collage and mixed media for the past 20 years. She has illustrated numerous books for children including Late for School!