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Publisher: Moo Press, an Imprint of Keene Publishing,
Summary: Marvin attends Grim Castle Elementary School. When Mr. Stein, his old teacher, is promoted to Assistant Principal, he hears lots of scary things about Mrs. Witchafred, his new teacher. When Mrs. Witchafred changes the class field trip, Marvin decides that he doesn't want Mrs. Witchafred as his teacher and he decides to do something about it. This is a story about understanding and accepting change.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, anytime reading, family reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 9 to 12
Young Reader Reaction: The story is simple, and it is a fantasy story. The lesson is to accept change and see if the change is for the better. I rate this book a four out of ten because of simplicity. Our 7-year-old asked us to read this several times. She loved the idea of a monster classroom and eating crunchy bugs.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a story easily shared in one sitting or over several nights. It has humorous moments and monsters who have people-like emotions. There is a very important lesson about rumors that kids will get immediately. Although we were surprised, we didn't mind reading this one again.
Pros: This book isn’t very complicated, so it is better for younger kids. This book has good ideas.
Cons: None, although we were surprised by the reading level.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. New readers will enjoy the story.
Educational Themes: In addition to talking with kids about change, the book offers the opportunity to discuss what happens when you judge someone wrongly, or worse yet, take matters into your own hands and regret the decision.
Notes: Flesch Kincaid reading level 4.1
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, fantasy