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Giveaway: Dear Teacher, I Can’t Come to School Because …

By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: July 1, 2010

Dear TeacherDear Teacher, by Amy Husband, is a brightly illustrated collection of letters from Michael, a very imaginative boy, to his teacher, telling her all the reasons he simply cannot make it to the first day of school. And, we have one copy to giveaway to one of our readers. This prize might just be what you need by the time summer comes to an end—don’t worry, you still have many weeks to enjoy!

Reading level: Ages 5-8

Paperback: 24 pages

Book overview: In his witty letters (sometimes half-eaten by crocodiles) Michael explains that he really wants to come to school but the Secret Service has recruited him to rescue a lost explorer on Mount Everest. His adventures continue from there to include a treasure map, a pirate king, and a rocket to the moon on a mission for NASA. But Michael gets a surprise when he receives his teacher’s clever response to his letters. The unique envelope closure for the book completes the package!

Originally published in the UK, Dear Teacher has been shortlisted for both the 2010 Cambridgeshire “Read it Again!” Children’s Book Awards and the 2010 Sheffield Children’s Book Award, both child-selected awards.


Dear Michael,
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to school for the start of the new year. I hope you have had a really fun break and are ready to dive into lots of learning!

This year your class will be working especially hard in math, history, geography, and English. I am sure that if you study carefully, you will find those spelling tests can be a fun challenge!

Your new teacher is called Miss Brooks. She has all sorts of exciting plans for the new year. We look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Yours sincerely,
Mr. N. T. Grindstone

Dear Teacher,
I might be a bit late for the first day of school. The weirdest thing happened today. The head of the secret service turned up! They need me for a special secret mission to find a missing explorer. I did mention the math test, but he just said that the future of the country depends on me. I couldn’t say no. Sorry Miss Brooks.


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Giveaway Rules:

  • Shipping Guidelines: This book giveaway is open to participants with a United States mailing address only (international readers can enter if they have a friend in the United States who can accept their prizes by mail.)
  • Giveaway begins July 1, 2010, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends July 29, 2010, at 11:59 P.M. PST, when all entries must be received. No purchase necessary. See official rules for details.

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Bianca Schulze is the founder of The Children’s Book Review. She is a reader, reviewer, mother and children’s book lover. She also has a decade’s worth of experience working with children in the great outdoors. Combined with her love of books and experience as a children’s specialist bookseller, the goal is to share her passion for children’s literature to grow readers. Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, she now lives with her husband and three children near Boulder, Colorado.

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    July 1, 2010
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    July 1, 2010
  • This looks like a really fun book! I’m sure my second grader would love it!

    July 1, 2010
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    July 2, 2010
  • It looks like a cute book, I would love to win for my daughter.

    July 2, 2010
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    July 2, 2010
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    July 3, 2010
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    July 3, 2010
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    July 3, 2010
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    July 3, 2010
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    July 4, 2010
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    July 5, 2010
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    July 7, 2010
  • This would be a great read-aloud and addition to my classroom library.

    July 7, 2010
  • This looks like a fun book for the kids to read. Thanks.

    July 9, 2010
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    July 9, 2010
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    July 10, 2010
  • this looks funny

    July 10, 2010
  • what a fun book to read as we get ready for the new school year!

    July 10, 2010
  • This would be great for my son starting kindergarten soon.

    July 11, 2010
  • This book puts a smile on my face. Hope I win it so I can share it with my grand son.

    July 11, 2010
  • This sounds like such a fun book! My son would love it. He’s always coming up with reasons why he should miss school (even though he rarely does.) Thanks for the giveaway!

    July 11, 2010
  • My sister is a teacher, so this would be a great book for her.

    July 11, 2010
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    July 13, 2010
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    July 13, 2010
  • This would be great to read to my students the first week of school!

    July 15, 2010
  • This look like such a cute book. I love the colorful illustration and so would my daughter

    July 17, 2010
  • This looks like a fun book – thanks!

    July 18, 2010
  • Another great book for my students!

    July 19, 2010
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    July 24, 2010
  • Would love to read this to my daughter! 🙂

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    July 25, 2010
  • This would be an awesome book to read and then to donate to my sons school so that more children could enjoy it!

    July 26, 2010
  • Looks Great!

    July 26, 2010
  • My son who is just starting school would love this book

    July 27, 2010
  • I’d love to win a copy. This sounds like a cute book.

    July 27, 2010
  • This would be great for the little ones!

    July 28, 2010
  • As a teacher, I love books like this! I would also share it with my son.

    July 28, 2010
  • This looks like a funny book that my son would enjoy.

    July 28, 2010
  • Sounds like a great book for my classroom!

    July 29, 2010
  • sounds awesome i would love to win

    July 29, 2010
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    July 29, 2010
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    July 29, 2010
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    July 29, 2010
  • would love to win for my granddaughter, already an avid reader at 5. I send her books regularly and this would be something new from this area…

    September 9, 2010
  • Looks like a funny book.

    October 4, 2010
  • Looks like a great read aloud to share with my classes!! Would love to add it to the library.

    August 17, 2011

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