Reviews for Thank You, Miss Doover


Booklist Reviews 2010 November #2
Write a thank-you letter? Piece of cake, right? Or so Jack thinks until his teacher, Miss Doover, introduces him to the dreaded word revise, not to mention other words, like implore, express, and accomplish. Implore as he might, poor Jack has to write draft after draft, trying to express his thanks to Great-Aunt Gertie for her gift of stationery (another word his classmates learn)--a gift that he and his new puppy, Puddly, find useful in unexpected ways. Will he ever accomplish his task? Cue the suspense! Pulver's cheerful and often funny instructions on letter writing take the edge off learning, ably assisted by Sisson's mixed-media, cartoonlike illustrations, which capture and expand the wit of the story. Pulver saves the funniest line for the last, which gets to the bottom of the teacher's curious last name. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring
During her lesson in thank-you-note writing, teacher Miss Doover (read: "do over") grows exasperated with well-meaning Jack (he tells Great-Aunt Gertie that the stationery she gave him is "useful"--for housebreaking his dog). This largely successful light comedy plays well visually: illustrations appear in panels, Jack's letters are legible on the page, and all other text comes via dialogue and thought bubbles. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2010 September #1
Poor Miss Doover—it's no easy feat to get her class to write tactful thank-you notes in proper friendly-letter format. Miss Doover is full of advice about the revision process, encouraging her students to specifically mention the gift, how it made them feel and how they will use it. But this advice backfires on her when Jack writes about the stationery Great Aunt Gertie sent him. Through successive drafts (each funnier than the last), readers gradually learn exactly what Jack (and his puppy) did with the paper. And, although Jack follows his teacher's advice to the letter, his thank-you note is not exactly what she had in mind...nor are several of his classmates'. Pulver's characterization of the elementary schoolers' thought processes and lack of tact is spot-on. Sisson's colored pencil–and-acrylic illustrations go hand-in-hand with the funny text, ably filling in the subtext both within the classroom and between the lines of Jack's notes. Full-page spreads alternate with pages divided comic-book style to allow the humor to build and keep the story flowing. Educators and parents will be thanking author and illustrator for this one. (Picture book. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2010 October

Gr 1-3--Miss Doover's class is learning about thank-you letters, so Jack writes to Great-Aunt Gertie, who has given him personalized stationery. Small panels opposite his second draft show uses for her gift and introduce his dog. Besides correcting his spelling, Jack's teacher shows him how to expand the letter and revise it to spare his relative's feelings ("It's not my favorite gift, but I have used it a lot"). Several carefully worded drafts conceal--as the clever pictures do not--Puddly's accident, soaked up by pages of Jack's writing paper. Pulver successfully gets into the minds of both Jack ("But Mom said she hopes Great-Aunt Gertie never finds out how I used it!") and Miss Doover ("Aaaaaaaargh!") through speech and thought bubbles. In a last thank-you letter--this one to his teacher--Jack realizes why her name is Miss Doover. Using colored pencils and acrylic paint, Sisson crafts a series of panels and spreads intermingled with multiple thank-you letters on notebook paper. With its succession of teachable moments, this is a fine, funny writing lesson.--Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

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