Miss Malarkey Won't Be in Today by Judy Finchler

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Miss Malarkey is back (Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10) and this time SHE is the one with the over-active imagination! Stuck at home, delirious and helplessly sick, Miss Malarkey can't help but worry about which substitute Principal Wiggins has called in. Is it that ex-drill sergeant, Mr. Doberman? Or that timid push-over, Mr. Lemonjello? Her imagination starts running wild, conjuring up all sorts of outrageous and chaotic scenarios. When her anxious speculations get the best of her, Miss Malarkey rushes off to school to stop the madness; but, she is in for a delightful shock when she reaches Room 10.

Judy Finchler and Kevin O'Malley have joined forces once again in creating an uproariously comical story of one teacher's anxious speculations over her students' day with a substitute teacher.
 

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Judy Finchler is the author of Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10. She is an elementary school teacher and librarian from Parsippany, New Jersey.Kevin O'Malley is the illustrator of several children's books from Walker & Company, including Miss Malarkey Doesn't Live in Room 10. He lives in Baltimore, MD with his wife and sons.
 
Published September 1, 1998 by Walker Childrens. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Here, she leads her first field trip—to a “hands-on” science center where one child immediately gets his arm caught in a giant ear, another tries to bury a third at the “Dig Your Own” dino exhibit, others wander unchecked by oblivious chaperones into the gift shop or through an “Authorized Person...

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Miss Malarkey, school librarian, has set a goal to have the school read 1,000 books before the end of the school year, and to find a book for each and every student to love.

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Another installment in this ongoing author and illustrator collaboration (Testing Miss Malarkey, 2000, etc.) explores Miss Malarkey’s sojourn as the new soccer coach.

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“Miss Malarkey has been acting really strange lately.” She sings to herself as she walks down the hall, she and her teacher friends giggle together, the words “quitting teaching” have been whispered and she inflicts an incredibly boring unit on weddings on the whole class in World Cultures: “Yuck...

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Finding humor in standardized testing is no easy task, but the creators of Miss Malarkey and crew know just where to look.

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As the narrator knows (the rest of the world has been misinformed), teachers don't go home after school, but spend their lives sleeping in the classroom, roaming the corridors, and taking meals in the lunchroom.

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A worthy sequel to Finchler and O’Malley’s Miss Malarkey Doesn’t Live in Room 10 (1995).

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Despite her name, which suggests deception rather than reliability, grade-school teacher Miss Malarkey really does have the flu.

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