Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Review: Creature Teacher by Sam Watkins

Publisher: OUP
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: April 2nd, 2015
Rating: 7.5/10

Amazon summary:

Jake's class finally has the best teacher in the whole world, Mr Hyde. He doesn't make them clean toilet bowls with toothbrushes and his lessons are always fun. There is just one teeny, tiny, HUGE problem. Mr Hyde transforms into a naughty, little creature whenever he becomes upset. The creature has some amazing abilities but being well-behaved isn't one of them! Jake's class will have to use all their ingenuity to hide the creature, so they can keep their brilliant teacher. But Mrs Blunt, their headmistress, is never far off the scent...


What would you have done if your teacher had suddenly turned into a funny little creature one day during class? Would you run away? Stay and look after it? I'm not sure what I would have done, but Jake and the class of 5b launch into action and hide monstrous little Mr Hyde before he can be found out and taken away - after all, he is the best teacher ever!

This is the genius plot of Creature Teacher, the latest children's offering from Sam Watkins. In turns funny and downright daft, Creature Teacher is an entertaining read from start to finish, and is a fantastic length for those more reluctant to pick up a book. It's illustrated too, which is even better!

I thoroughly enjoyed this mad tale of a teacher turning into a creature; I chuckled, gasped and was genuinely concerned about how Mr Hyde would explain away his rather strange situation. Suffice to say it's all above board and, frankly, makes a lot of sense in the end - and who wouldn't want a teacher as cool as him?!

Creature Teacher is a great book for younger readers, particularly those who like the Undead Pets and Scream Street series. No doubt creature teachers everywhere are worried now that their secret is out, but don't worry - their secret is safe with us. Well, at least until the second book, Creature Teacher Goes Wild, is published in August. Then who knows what will happen!

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