Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids: Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots

The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids: Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots
Written By: Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones. Illustrated By: John Steven Gurney
Scholastic Inc.
January 1991
Ages: 7-10

These books, because they are so short, are hard to summarize without giving the whole plot away (which I don't like to do) so I'm going to do my best and see what happens! The Third Graders at Bailey Elementary are some of the worst children the teaches have ever come in contact with. Most of the teachers move far away after mental/nervous breakdowns and never return. The third graders take pride in seeing how short of a time it takes them to get rid of a teacher. But with the new teacher from the transylvanian alps, come new risks and different happenings when they make the teacher mad. She just might be a vampire and four kids in Mrs. Jeepers' new class will do everything they can to figure out if it's true or not.
Who would benefit from reading this book?
Any child who likes stories about children, mysteries or even stories about fantasy creatures will enjoy these books.
What problems do you see arising from this book?
The main characters in this book are terribly nosy, michevious and quite frankly, just the typical trouble makers. Some children might be impressionable enough that they will try to copy these behaviors.
What was your reaction?
I haven't read any of the Bailey School Kids books in quite some time and it was a pleasure to read one of them again. They were my favorites when i was younger because they were easy to read, but they were exciting and interesting and NEVER boring! There was always something going on in them.

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