cover image Congratulations, Miss Malarkey!

Congratulations, Miss Malarkey!

Judy Finchler, Kevin O'Malley, . . Walker, $16.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-0-8027-9835-0

Something strange is going on with Miss Malarkey: she's giggling in the halls and singing to herself at school. The students in her class speculate on her malfunction—maybe she's “going to be in a movie” or “going to become an astronaut and fly to Mars”—but when she begins teaching a unit on various marriage customs, her students start to guess it's something a little closer to home. O'Malley's artwork is plenty expressive, and those with a favorite teacher should be able to relate to the students' concerns, despite the book's predictable outcome. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)