By: Stephanie Calmenson
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Publication Date: August 2012
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: October 2012
It was eight o'clock in the morning and Mr. Bungles stretched his arms as a bluebird sang outside his window. It was time to get up because he had to hurry, hurry off to school. "Our teacher Mr. Bungles / is really very cool. / He always, always, always / tries to do his best at ... school!" It looked like it was going to be an oopsy day because as soon as he tried to sit he bopped his head on a shelf. Owww! It was getting late and he had to hurry, but when he took his shower soap got in his eye. Ouch! It sure did look like it was going to be one of those oopsy days.
When Mr. Bungles sat down to have his breakfast, the egg and toast were just dandy, but the jam decided to land on his tie. Oopsy! When he arrived at school he counted his students. First there were five, but someone was playing tricks because there were supposed to be six. It just wasn't going to be Mr. Bungles's day, but soon things would seem to get worse. "He went to clean out Nibbles's cage. / He opened up the door. / He had to sneeze and then--achoo! / Nibbles jumped down to the ... floor." The room was alive with excitement as Nibbles began to run. Would Mr. Bungles be able to catch him or would this be a really, really BIG oopsy day!
This humorous book about Mr. Bungles and his oopsy day will delight young students. Of course everyone just loves it when their teacher has an oopsy day, but Mr. Bungles is so lovable it simply adds to the charm of the book. This story in rhyme doesn't miss a beat and would be a fun book to read during circle or storytime, especially if the reader has an expressive voice. The artwork had a giggly aura to it that children will love. One of the most amusing scenes is when Mr. Bungles falls over a ball when he was chasing Nibbles. If you have a classroom full of students who would love a little bit of oopsy doopsy humor, you might want to add this book to your list!
Quill says: This oopsy doopsy book has just the right formula to get young children giggling up a storm!