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From Pictures to Words - a guide to choosing books for beginner readers:
School Stories


Pandemonium at School by Jeremy Strong
Published by The Penguin Group, 1999
ISBN 0-141-30495-2
Illustrations © Judy Brown, 1990

Seven easy-to-read chapters chart the adventures of Miss Pandemonium from her arrival at Dullandon Primary School to replace Mr. David.

Miss Pandemonium is every child’s dream teacher. She is also every Headmaster’s worst nightmare. The early chapters tell of the Headmaster’s attempts to find a replacement for her, all of which are foiled by Mrs Bunt, the school secretary whose life has become much more enjoyable since Miss Pandemonium joined the staff.

Within a week of her arrival the children spend their classes trying to fly home-made helicopters and making a Friendship Cake, which incidentally becomes a bit too friendly.

These and many other funny exploits of a teacher, who fails to understand how a headmaster can allow life be ruled by a timetable, will keep children entertained to the end.

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