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Dear Teacher
by Amy Husband
Order:  USA  Can
Sourcebooks, 2010 (2010)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Amy Husband's Dear Teacher is packaged as an envelope that must be opened to view its Top Secret contents! They have been put together by a boy named Michael (whose picture is stuck on the front, along with that of his dog Bruno).

Inside is a letter from the Principal of Sunnybank Elementary School welcoming the youngster to a new year of 'lots of learning!' Michael's expression says it all. A series of Dear Teacher letters follow, in which Michael gives all sorts of reasons why he 'might be a bit late for the first day of school.'

He and Bruno are recruited for a secret service mission; rescue an explorer from the top of Mount Everest; search for a treasure map in Egypt by motorcycle; boat up the croc-filled Amazon; are forced to walk the plank by pirates; journey by plane and Orient Express; and finally take on a space mission for NASA.

I bet Michael thought he had it all covered, but his teacher, Miss Brooks, sends a letter back to him - and it's a winner! Any child (or their parent) who's dreading that first day of school will chortle over Dear Teacher, and admire both Michael's fertile imagination and Miss Brook's sage handling of it.

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