Sunday, May 18, 2008

101 Ways to Bug Your Teacher

101 Ways to Bug Your Teacher

by Lee Wardlaw (2004)

Y'know how you go to make an omelet and start tossing in whatever is there in the fridge, but realize you went too far and added too much when the spaghetti and orange chicken clash unappetizingly, so you have a bowl of Cap'n Crunch instead?

I don't think I can remember all the issues blended in to this scramble -- surprise pregnancy of mom, laid off dad, overly mean teacher, freshly deceased mother/dad dating again (and dating the mean teach, but that's just syrup on the eggs), rebellion of good student, crush on girl, too smart for grade level, never giving up on your dreams, mysterious illness/best friend in hospital, Egyptian burial traditions -- the list goes on...


having been shown my critique and the comment from this book's author (see "comments") , Guest Reviewer/Son #2 decided to air his opinion as well, and come to the defense of the author and her work --

Dear Ms. Wardlaw,

I really like this book, 101 Ways to Bug Your Teacher, the
funny thing is that it wasn't given to my classroom as a gift but the teacher bought it from the book fair! It's a pretty good book but I think that in 101 Ways to Bug Your Teacher you should have put more info on the other teachers instead of only on Fierce (my teacher is not nearly as bad as Fierce) also I was wondering if the book is based on a real thing or if its a made up story. I can't wait until when 101 Ways to Bug Your Friends and Enemies comes out in 2009.

Sincerely, Kasey

p.s. I think that Sneeze should invent an automatic fish feeder.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for reviewing my novel (your descrption is hilarious!), even though it left you feeling woozy and Captain Crunch-y. (Take two swigs of Pepto Bismol and call me in the morning.) Kids can stomach a lot, though, and judging from the amount of fan mail I've received, they L.O.V.E. this book even more than the first in the series, 101 Ways to Bug Your Parents. I hope you don't have too bad of a taste in your mouth, and will be open to sampling #3 in the series: 101 Ways to Bug Your Friends & Enemies, due out in 2009 from Dial/Penguin. Keep up the good work, TeacherDad!
Best, Ms. Lee Wardlaw

JK said...


How cool is that, a comment from the actual real live author?!?!?!? (I'm sure she's a regular reader of my blogs...)

Now I feel bad, because I didn't finish my comments, just did a quick, flip entry before son #2 grabbed the book (he strongly objects to my opinion as well, and is preparing a rebuttal)... I must have enjoyed the book because I read it all in one day, and I would recommend it to my future students -- with the stern warning not to even attempt any of the stunts listed, or else...


Anonymous said...

Thanks, Kasey! I appreciate your suggestions/comments about my novel - - especially the idea for an automatic fish-feeder. :) I have to say, too, that you have an awesome teacher. I mean, the fact that he/she bought the book for your classroom speaks volumes about his/her relationship with you students. It's a good one, obviously. And yes, the novel is based somewhat loosely on Real Life. I had a couple of nasty teachers in junior high and high school who I smushed together to create Fierce. I was hopeless in math, especially algebra, and had to take the course in two years instead of one. My teacher never let any of us forget that we were 'dummies' and that it was a real come-down for him to have to teach such a 'stupid' class. Ouch! ~Lee