Ms. Todd is odd!

Dan Gutman

Book - 2006

A.J. and his friends think that Ms. Todd is the strangest substitute teacher in the world, and they decide to investigate her.

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New York : HarperTrophy 2006.
Main Author
Dan Gutman (-)
Other Authors
Jim Paillot (illustrator)
1st Harper Trophy ed
Physical Description
98 p. : ill. ; 20 cm
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Review by School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-3-The students in Miss Daisy's class are dismayed when their teacher is out sick and they are introduced to a substitute named Ms. Todd. The main character, A.J., hates school, and immediately wants to antagonize the substitute teacher. The plot is fairly directionless as A.J. bullies the substitute and some of his classmates. After 40 minutes of A.J. whining about how much he hates school, the weird crybabies in his class, and the "dumbest teacher in the world," the story ends when A.J. accuses Ms. Todd of murdering Miss Daisy, and then accuses Miss Daisy of murdering Ms. Todd. There is no resolution, because there is no developed plot. A.J. repeatedly mocks the "nerds" and "dorks" in school, calling them "dumbheads," "dweebs," "know-it-alls," "weird," and "annoying." It is surprising to see a story for this age group that glorifies bullying and school-hate since bullying is a major real-life problem. A.J. also expresses that learning something new is so horrible, he may die, and that his favorite part of a read-aloud was when the dog in the story was hit by a car. Jared Goldsmith's narration is fine, but there is little to no redeeming value in the story itself.-Jenny Ventling, Greene County Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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My Weird School #12: Ms. Todd Is Odd! MOB Chapter One The Free Stuff Room My name is A.J. and I hate school. There's only one room in Ella Mentry School that I really like. It's the lost and found room! The lost and found room is right near the office. It is the coolest room in the history of the world because there is lots of free stuff in there. Me and my friends Michael and Ryan call it "the free stuff room." You can get just about anything you want, and you don't even have to pay for it. So if I feel like getting a new baseball cap or a pair of sunglasses, I don't have to go to a store. I just go to the free stuff room at school. It's awesome! So this one morning the bus got to school a little early, and I went to kill some time in the free stuff room. I saw a really cool black T-shirt with a lightning bolt across the back. It was way cooler than the shirt I was wearing, so I took my shirt off and put the cool one on. It fit perfectly. I stuffed my old, boring shirt in my backpack. It was almost time to pledge the allegiance, so I went to class. The kids were putting their backpacks and lunch boxes in their cubbies. Our teacher, Miss Daisy, wasn't there yet. That was weird. She usually gets to school before any of us. "Where's Miss Daisy?" asked Neil, who everybody calls "the nude kid." He actually wears clothes, but we call him "the nude kid" anyway. It's a long story. "Maybe she got lost," Michael said. Suddenly the door opened. We all looked up. But it wasn't Miss Daisy. It was Andrea Young, this really annoying little Miss Perfect girl with curly brown hair who I hate. She's such a nerd. She even keeps a dictionary on her desk in case she ever has to look up a word. "Where were you, Andrea?" asked her equally annoying crybaby friend, Emily. "I was worried that you were sick. There's something going around, you know." "I wasn't sick," Andrea said. "I had to go to Mr. Klutz's office." "Oooooh!" we all went. Mr. Klutz is the principal of the school. He also has no hair. Kids get sent to his office when they do something bad. "Did you do something bad?" asked Emily, all concerned. "Of course not!" Andrea said. "Mr. Klutz called me in to say I'm going to be in the gifted and talented program!" Oh man! That figured. The gifted and talented program is for dorks, dweebs, nerds, and know-it-alls like Andrea who are perfect in every way. We all took some dumb test a few weeks ago, and Andrea probably got the best score in the whole school. "Isn't that fabulous?" Andrea said. "I'm gifted and talented!" "What's your talent?" I asked her. "Being annoying?" Some of the kids laughed. Andrea gave me one of her mean looks. "I like your shirt, Arlo," she said. "Where did you get it?" "None of your beeswax," I told her. I hate when Andrea calls me by my real name. "Oh yeah?" she said. "Well, I think it is my beeswax, because that's my shirt!" What?! "That shirt fell out of my backpack last week," Andrea said. "I was wondering where it was." Everybody started giggling. I thought I was gonna die. I was wearing a girl's shirt! Not only was I wearing a girl's shirt, but it was Andrea's shirt! Her girl cooties were crawling all over me! It was disgusting. I thought I was gonna throw up. "Oooooh!" Ryan said. "A.J. is wearing Andrea's shirt. They must be in love!" "When are you gonna get married?" asked Michael. If those guys weren't my best friends, I would hate them. My Weird School #12: Ms. Todd Is Odd! MOB . Copyright © by Dan Gutman . Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. Excerpted from My Weird School #12 by Jim Paillot, Dan Gutman All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.