Sunday 27 December 2015

Where Do Teachers Go at Night?

Where Do Teachers Go at Night? by Harriet Cuming, illustrated by Sophie Norsa (Little Steps Publishing)

PB RRP $16.95
ISBN: 9781925117424

Reviewed by Anne Hamilton
Fantastamogorical flights of fancy roll through this fun and appealing book. It begins by posing a question: ‘Where do teachers go at night?’ The answers are as wild, imaginative and varied as crocodile-wrestling in Kakadu, sipping tea in Belgravia and skinny-dipping in the Caribbean.

Each bright and cheery spread features an art teacher, the PE guy, the librarian, the scientist, the music teacher and the teacher who has a pet frog. They are pictured in a variety of glamorous locations and are generally engaged in thrill-seeking activities.

The rhyme scheme is complex (Mumbai and Versailles, Tahiti and sushi, Scandinavia and Belgravia) but should appeal to pre-schoolers and young school entrants who like wrapping their tongues around big or exotic words.

The last page features a rough world map, showing the locations of the teacher’s nocturnal visits. There is lots of opportunity for geographical discussion in this book.

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