Monday 4 May 2015

Mr Crikey and the Greedy Griffith

Mr Crikey and the Greedy Griffith by Matt Porter (Celapene Press)
 Paperback RRP $14.95
ISBN 9780975074282

Reviewed by Margaret Warner

Take one enthusiastic year 6 class, introduce a crazy relief teacher and you have a recipe for unexpected adventures and outcomes.

Students of 6B at Outback Creek have a problem. The local Swimming Hole, surrounded by bush that is home to many species of native birds and animals is about to be sold to developers.  6B wants to raise enough money to buy the property but failing that they hope that their next relief teacher might be a billionaire or just a millionaire who will buy the property and save the Swimming Hole and the bush habitat.

6B doesn’t get their millionaire relief teacher but they do get Mr Crikey who bursts into the classroom wrestling a gigantic green and brown snake. He’s a wildlife warrior and just the right person for the task when it comes to helping 6B with their creative solution to outwit the unscrupulous businessman Benjamin Griffith and their two wily classmates, Weasel and Radley.

Mr Crikey and the Greedy Griffith is a fun read with lots of humorous descriptions and situations. It is the fourth book in the Crazy Relief Teachers series and will be enjoyed by primary aged students.

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