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Meet Miss Bindley—an ordinary teacher with an unusual appetite. Miss Bindley doesn't eat the usual fare like tuna melts and meatloaf. Instead, when her stomach grumbles, it's the class pets she...
Meet Miss Bindley—an ordinary teacher with an unusual appetite. Miss Bindley doesn't eat the usual fare like tuna melts and meatloaf. Instead, when her stomach grumbles, it's the class pets she...
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  • Meet Miss Bindley—an ordinary teacher with an unusual appetite. Miss Bindley doesn't eat the usual fare like tuna melts and meatloaf. Instead, when her stomach grumbles, it's the class pets she has her eye—er, stomach—on. Watch out! You never know who might be next.

About the Author-

  • Anne Bowen is the author of Tooth Fairy's First Night, which was nominated for the Nevada Young Reader's Award, the Nebraska Golden Sower Award, and the Georgia Picture Book Award. Her book, What Do Teacher's Do (after YOU Leave School)? was a CBC Book Award nominee and a Society of School Librarians International Honor Book. She also wrote When You Visit Grandma and Grandpa, A Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, and I Know An Old Teacher, which was included in the 100th anniversary edition of the Bank Street College's Best Children's Books of the Year.
    Anne was a teacher for thirty years. She lives in Ogden, Utah, with her husband.

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  • School Library Journal

    September 1, 2008
    Gr 2-4-Miss Bindley takes the class pets home for a long weekend and develops an eerie, extraordinary craving. Following the traditional cumulative rhyme, all of them disappear in a round of "Fear Factor"-inspired eatinga flea, spider, fish, rat, Jake the Snake, and, as students cry in horror, "She's got our Lizzie!"the class lizard. Miss Bindley, in turn, grows less appealing with the turn of each page. Hair becomes flyaway and frizzy, her cozy robe falls into a frumpy sack, and her face turns-well, a bilious green. Gammell's lively artwork is a colorful combination of watercolor, colored pencils, pastel, and crayon framed by a mix of font sizes and colors. Assisted by conversational responses from Miss Bindley's students, who are spying on her, the tale progresses as tails disappear until the unlikely becomes the outrageous"I know an old teacher who swallowed a child]." Would she really try that? The horrifying notion is entertained, but to the relief of readers, is tossed aside in this unusual offering."Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX"

    Copyright 2008 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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    August 1, 2008
    In this loose variation of the familiar cumulativesong, a teacher takes home the class fish, rat, snake, and lizard, then proceeds to swallow them in succession after gulping down a flea (by accident) and a spider (deliberately). In Gammells typicallyoutlandish illustrations, wildly lined and vividly colored, a crew of horrified young witnesses peers in through Miss Bindleys window. They watch as the teacher, looking increasingly disheveled and nauseated beneath her wild mane of red hair, stuffs each creature into her mouth.With nothing left to eat, one child notes: Hey! Shes staring at YOU! Staring at ME? (gulp) How can that be? Happily, before anything fatal happens to eater or eatee, the children carry her off, evidently believing her loud protest that she would never swallow a child. Though the rhythms are too irregular to be easily singable, this rendition features plenty of crowd-pleasing gross bits that will get kids going.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2008, American Library Association.)

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