Written by: Lisa Broadie Cook
Illustrated by: Jack E. Davis
Published by: G P Putnam’s Sons an imprint of Penguin Group USA Inc. July 2011
Ages: 4 – 8 years
Theme: Opening Lines: It was Monday, and all Martin MacGregor wanted to do was go to School. Mr Elliott was the coolest teacher ever, and this was the day he was going to bring in his pet – Harriett the tarantula.
Synopsis: All week Martin’s assignments keep getting lost, destroyed, and even blown onto the school roof – no matter how hard he tries to keep them in one piece. Mrs Payne (the substitute teacher) isn’t happy about his mishaps, and Martin is definitely not happy about having to miss recess every day. When Martin’s dog really does eat his homework, Martin gets creative and with a positive attitude, finds his own way to turn homework into fun – and turn it in on time.
Why I like this: Although I am not a lover of spiders this was indeed a fun read. Poor Martin, he really was having a week of it. I could relate to his uneasiness with a substitute teacher when you so enjoy your own teacher. A similar thing happened to me once which ended with me missing my bus and my parents looking for me in the rain after dark. My usual teacher knew my father preferred me to scribble down my homework instructions on a piece of paper and when I was at home my father would draw pencilled lines in my exercise book for me to write it in neatly and with the rest of my homework. But a substitute teacher would not allow it and made me redo it again causing me to miss my bus. Hence a tear-stained frightened girl and anxious parents turned up the next day to have a word with the teacher only to find my usual teacher was back again. However in this story Martin gets creative with his homework and is delighted when his usual teacher returns. The book is wordy by picture books standard today, but the popping full-page illustrations by Jack would certainly keep children interested with oversized heads, popping eyes and oooh who doesn’t love peanut butter?
Resources/Findings: Here is a reading of the story… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or762Ia9-Sc
Lisa’s website and inspirations for her books…. http://www.lisabroadiecook.com/author_website/Welcome.html
Here are some tips for classroom discussions and exercises…. http://dayinthelifeofschoolcounseling.blogspot.co.nz/2013/11/peanut-butter-homework-sandwiches.html
Lesson for classroom or homeschooling. Scroll down to Peanut Butter and Homework Sandwiches…. http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.maslonline.org/resource/resmgr/Orders/2013-2014_Show_Me_Reader_Pac.pdf
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