Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Teachers' Night Before Halloween

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Book Review - Teachers' Night Before Halloween

About the Book 
It's the day before Halloween, and to every teacher's dismay, school has been overrun by princesses and monsters, Jedi and ghouls. In every classroom, teachers are struggling to keep order, but students have brought in their costumes to celebrate a day early. A group of girls sneak into the bathroom to exchange tiaras, and grotesquely dressed fifth-graders pretend to eat two younger students in the cafeteria.

The entire school has turned into a haunted house, and as cupcake icing spreads all over the desks, the teachers look for a way to escape the annual Halloween Day parade. But when the principal issues a memo that says all teachers must attend the parade, the faculty wake up on Halloween morning filled with dread.

But there's a treat in store for the teachers this year. The students and their parents have canceled the Halloween Day parade, and the teachers are ecstatic. There’s just one catch, the students promise–next year, there’s bound to be more trick than treat.

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About the Author 
Steven L. Layne serves as associate professor of education and literature at Judson University in Elgin, Illinois. Dr. Layne’s collection of Pelican books includes several titles in the Night Before Christmas Series, including Preacher's Night Before Christmas, The Teachers' Night Before Christmas, and The Principal's Night Before Christmas; the gift books Verses for Dad's Heart and Verses for Mom's Heart; two young-adult thrillers, This Side of Paradise and Mergers; and the picture books Over Land and Sea: A Story of International Adoption and Love the Baby, as well as several additional titles. He lives with his wife and their four children in Illinois.

About the Illustrator
Ard Hoyt was born in Temple, Texas, and is the illustrator of nine picture books, including New York Times bestseller I’m a Manatee, by John Lithgow. This is his second collaboration with Dr. Layne, the first being Love the Baby. Hoyt lives in Bentonville, Arkansas.

My Take on the Book
If you have ever taught you know what it is like around Halloween in schools. This book captures wonderfully the craziness of the season and the more tricks than treats that teachers usually get during this time of year. The book was wonderfully written, with flowing rhymes and imagery that simply jumps off the page. I particularly loved the fact that all of the teacher (even though they were exhausted) went through the trouble of making very intricate costumes for the kids, thus continuing to show their dedication to heir jobs and the kids, even during the most trying times!

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