Friday, October 16, 2009

Congratulations, Miss Malarkey! by Judy Finchler and Kevin O'Malley

Finchler, Judy, & O’Malley, Kevin. Congratulations, Miss Malarkey! illustrated by Kevin O’Malley. Walker & Company, 2009. $16.99. A young boy worries that his teacher Miss Malarkey is quitting her job when she starts acting oddly. She sings in the halls and giggles with the school staff. Miss Malarkey teaches her students about different marriage customs around the world. Finally, he can’t take it anymore, he asks Miss Malarkey if she is quitting. She assures him that she isn’t quitting and that she’ll share her secret with him tomorrow. The next day Miss Malarkey has a wedding invitation for each student. Another fun installment in the Miss Malarkey series that will help students adapt to changes in their teacher’s personal lives. The illustrations are expressive and comedic. EL-ESSENTIAL. Samantha, Public Librarian.

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