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The Teacher from the Black Lagoon by Mike…

The Teacher from the Black Lagoon (original 1989; edition 1989)

by Mike Thaler

Series: Black Lagoon (1)

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On the first day of school, a young boy expects only the worst when he discovers that his new teacher is the "monstrous" Mrs. Green.
Title:The Teacher from the Black Lagoon
Authors:Mike Thaler
Info:Scholastic (1989), Edition: First Printing, Paperback, 32 pages
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The Teacher from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler (1989)


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It’s the first day of school. Who will be my teacher? Will it be Mr. Smith with his warts and dandruff? Or Mrs. Jones with her whip and her wig?

It’s Mrs. Green. She’s really green . . . and she has a tail. She uses her claws to scratch her name on the blackboard.

What will happen to Freddie when he throws a spitball? How will Mrs. Green demonstrate fractions to the class?

Will the students make it through recess without incident?


Colorful illustrations and a highly-relatable situation make this a perfect book for children. The targeted audience for this hilarious picture book, young readers ages four through eight, preschool through the primary grades, are sure to enjoy this preposterous tale of the first day of school. Young readers are familiar with uncertainness connected to the first day of school and can readily empathize with the main character.

Having the majority of the story turn out to be nothing more than a dream is sure to allay any fears that young readers might feel as Mrs. Green eliminates several students. Read this with your young reader and be ready for non-stop giggling.

Highly recommended ( )
  jfe16 | May 3, 2022 |
This is a book about a boy who is nervous for his first day of school. He goes to his classroom early and falls asleep without realizing it. He then dreams of an awful teacher who is depicted in the illustrations throughout the book. This would be a great would to read on the first day of school for students. The end of the book shows the boy waking up and realizing that his teacher is not a monster and is ready to help him learn.Though the pictures in the book are well designed, it would be hard to understand the plot of the story without having the text on the pages as well. ( )
  HaileyDelisle | Sep 13, 2020 |
  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
In my opinion, this is a great book. I liked this book because of the authors' illustrations. For the teacher, she is being made out to look like a monster and the detail on her alligator-like skin is very realistic looking. It also follows along with the student being afraid of the teacher and expecting the worst of her. Also, the illustrations of the teacher breathing fire, making students head into a globe, and cutting a student in half for teaching fractions really shows us what kind of teacher the student is expecting. Another reason I liked this book was the plot, it flows fantastically. It starts with the student being nervous for school, we get into the suspensefulness of the things he thinks this scary teacher will do to him, and then finally him waking up for a nap realizing his teacher is actually this blonde haired pretty woman who will be a great teacher. I think the big idea of this book is to prepare the worst and hope for the best in an unknown situation. The main character thought his teacher was going to be this scary woman and freaked himself out when in reality it was just his overactive imagination playing tricks on him. ( )
  jennkosakowski | Mar 20, 2019 |
This story talks about a students first day at school. He is wondering what teacher he might get, and to his surprise he gets the scary Mrs. Green! Through every page we see the scary things that the teacher does, and just how much he doesn't want her as a teacher. But he woke up and realized he was asleep the whole time and he sees the beautiful and nice Mrs. Green in front of the class!
  abrianawedin | Nov 9, 2018 |
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