Today we began to read, ‘Teacher’s Pest’ by Max Dann, and I think we are glad we do not go to Clark’s school. The blurb below might give you a bit of an idea what happens in the story. Check out our student posts to see their responses, predictions and adaptions to the text.
“Clark was so full of fear when he woke up in the morning that he hid, and pretended he had been kidnapped during the night. He left a ransom note written with his left hand which read: I HAVE TAKEN CLARK – DON’T BOTHER LOOKING.
But his mum found him underneath the bed and made him go and have a bath.
He was so nervous at breakfast that he mistook his dad’s lunch – peanut–butter sandwiches – for weet–bix. He put them in a bowl and poured milk all over them. He didn’t want to go to school.
Clark was so depressed about getting dressed, that he walked into the wrong bedroom and put his dad’s safari suit on by mistake. There was every possibility that, if he went to school, he may not have made it home again.
He was so frightened of leaving the house, his dad had to drive him right up to the front gate. And even then Clark pretended his seatbelt was stuck.
‘I guess I’ll just have to sit here all day now,’ he said. His dad had to drag him out through the door feet first.
Clark was so panic–filled, he slumped through the gate and into the school yard. He walked right past his best friend Ivan Smudge, without noticing him.
‘Hi, Clark!’ he said.
Clark simply continued over to the shelter shed. He sat there by himself and counted down the minute hand on his watch. Eighteen minutes to go before the bell rang. Fifteen minutes . . . Ten minutes. Nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one!
That was it.”