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Nov 23 2018

Mr. Bambuckle's Remarkables go wild by Tim Harris

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Ill. by James Hart. Penguin, 2018. ISBN 9780143789024
(Age: 7-12) Recommended. Themes: Humour, School life, Teachers, Outdoor education. As with the other two books in the series, Mr Bambuckle's remarkables and Mr Bambuckle's Remarkables fight back, there are short stories within, narrated by students, as well as dialogue (again with Canteen Carol and Mr. Bambuckle), hand-written notes and illustrations.
Although the School Principal, Mr. Sternblast, has not succeeded in getting rid of the fabulous teacher, Mr. Bambuckle, he has managed to bring back and engage a new Deputy Principal, Miss Frost! Mr. Bambuckle decides to take the kids out to camp with the cantankerous Canteen Carol - interestingly, he tells her to provide for the kids and TWO grown-ups. This is because he happens to know that Miss Frost will gatecrash the camp!
More wild adventures follow but the strange thing is Mr. Bambuckle seems to like Miss Frost and is doing all he can to melt her icy character. Also, one of the kids has a grudge and it requires Mr. Bambuckle's skills to thwart the student's attempts to cause trouble, but he wants to win this kid around too. Will he succeed?
Donna Isgar

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