Illustrated by Lynn Sweat
Goodreads: Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia
Series: Amelia Bedelia #7
I loved the Amelia Bedelia books as a child, so it was a fun surprise to find a copy of this one at the library book sale (fill a bag of books for $5!). In this installment, Amelia Bedelia is mistaken for a new teacher at the local grade school and spends the day getting the lesson plan all wrong (but making school a lot more fun!)
The jokes in this one are not quite as creative as they are in some of the other Amelia Bedelia books; it seems just weird, not necessarily funny, that Amelia Bedelia would say hello to a bread roll instead of calling roll for the students. However seeing a class get turned on its head as Amelia misreads the lesson plan left by the former teacher is lots of fun and highlights the strangeness of some of what gets done in schools. It is also refreshing to see Amelia Bedelia through fresh eyes and see how funny she is all over again. Mrs. and Mr. Rogers may be used to Amelia, and readers may have seen her antics before, but her new students have never seen anything like her!
Of course, the story has the heart and happy ending of all the Amelia Bedelia stories. Even as Amelia messes up an entire day of school for her class, the students have a great time, and Amelia teaches the grown-ups to see things in a new light, as well. Recommended.