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When an anticipated week of easy coasting with a substitute teacher gives way to terror under the thumb of the meanest substitute in the world, Allen turns to his witch friend for help, with disastrous results. Original.
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Grade 4-6. In this sequel to Fourth-Graders Don't Believe in Witches (Scholastic, 1989), Allan Hobart and his classmates are horrified to learn that their substitute teacher for the next week is a terrifying cross between Frankenstein and a nasty drill sergeant. After several days of relentless torture, the usually incorrigible class is desperate, so Allan begs his baby-sitter, who happens to be a witch of the nice-little-old-lady type, for help. Mrs. Mullins finally agrees, but her spell (as usual) goes awry. A magical baby-sitter, a la Mary Poppins, is a fun premise, but this book falls flat. The characters are either one-dimensional or exaggerated, and even potentially intriguing episodes (as when Mrs. Mullins attempts to magic up a new dress) lack spark and imagination. Some situations are a stretch to believe. Better school/magic fiction is available.?Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
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Book Description Apple, 1996. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0590623680
Book Description Apple. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0590623680 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW33.3233301