Marvin Monster's Teacher Jitters


Marvin attends Grim Castle Elementary School. When Mr. Stein, his old teacher, is promoted to Assistant Principal, he hears lots of scary things about Mrs. Witchafred, his new teacher. When Mrs. Witchafred changes the class field trip, Marvin decides that he doesn't want Mrs. Witchafred as his teacher and he decides to do something about it.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This book isn’t very complicated, so it is better for younger kids. This book has good ideas.

Content Awareness Factors:

None, although we were surprised by the reading level.

Little Kid Reaction

Our 7-year-old asked us to read this several times. She loved the idea of a monster classroom and eating crunchy bugs.

Parent Reaction

This is a story easily shared in one sitting or over several nights. The story is simple, and it is a fantasy story. The lesson is to accept change and see if the change is for the better. I rate this book a four out of ten because of simplicity.

It has humorous moments and monsters who have people-like emotions. There is a very important lesson about rumors that kids will get immediately. Although we were surprised, we didn't mind reading this one again.

Type of Book:
This is a story about understanding and accepting change.
Educational Themes:

In addition to talking with kids about change, the book offers the opportunity to discuss what happens when you judge someone wrongly, or worse yet, take matters into your own hands and regret the decision.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 to 12
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 to 8
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ Also read with a 7-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. New readers will enjoy the story.

Title Marvin Monster's Teacher Jitters
Author Tabatha Jean D'Agata
Publisher Moo Press, Inc. © 2006
Illustrators Ed Newmann
ISBN 097668053X
Material Hard Cover
Cost $6.95
Genres Fantasy
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