Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Summary: Miranda watches Nature Joe Animal Show every day, and considers herself an expert on nature. So when she sees her teacher Mrs. Birdley in the grocery store, she’s prepared to capture her and send her back to her natural habitat, which, of course, is school. First she digs a hole, lines it with pillows, and camouflages it with leaves, just the way Nature Joe caught a sick Bengal tiger. Unfortunately, Mrs. Birdsley steps right over the hole, while the grocer, who is chasing after her to return her purse, isn’t so lucky. A trap involving blueberry yogurt (which Miranda has observed Mrs. Birdsley eating) doesn’t work either, but the third time’s the charm, and Miranda gets her teacher locked safely back in school for the weekend. She’s ready to move on when she sees Mr. Canklestout, the school principal, at the home improvement store….40 pages; ages 4-8.
Pros: Aaron Reynolds never fails to get the kid humor just right. I can’t wait to try this as a read-aloud with some actual children. Sure to get plenty of laughs.
Cons: Kids, don’t try this at home.