Substitute Creacher (Hardcover)

By Chris Gall

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9780316089159, 40pp.

Publication Date: July 20, 2011



The troublemaking students of Ms. Jenkins' class arrive at school one day to discover a substitute creacher has come to put a stop to their monkey business He regales them with mind-boggling stories about his former students who didn't follow the rules: Keith the glue-eater, Zach the daydreamer, and Hank the prankster, to name a few. But even this multi-tentacled, yellow-spotted, one-eyed monster's cautionary tales about the consequences of mischief-making can't seem to change the students' wicked ways until he reveals the spookiest and most surprising story of all: his own.
Chris Gall's vibrant artwork leaps off the page with a dynamic comic book aesthetic that will grab both parents and monster-loving kids.

About the Author

Chris Gall is the award-winning author and illustrator of "Revenge of the Dinotrux," Substitute Creacher, Dear Fish, "There's Nothing to Do on Mars," and "Dinotrux," a "Publishers Weekly" Best Children's Book of 2009. His books have received numerous starred reviews and awards including a Borders Original Voices Book for 2006 for "Dear Fish "and a "Kirkus" Best Children's Book for 2008 for "There's Nothing to Do on Mars." Chris has won a multitude of awards from organizations like the Society of Illustrators and Communication Arts Magazine, and is also the illustrator of "America the Beautiful," a "Publishers Weekly" Best Children's Book of 2004. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Praise For Substitute Creacher

* "Combines humor and a touch of magic.... certain to provide more than a few laughs."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "This is a delicious little shocker of a picture book that ought to whip... crowd[s] of youngsters into a shrieking, laughing frenzy."—Booklist, starred review

"Explosive, cinematic panels; retro Ben-Day dot patterns allude to classic funnies."—Publishers Weekly

"Colorful and catchy... [a] gleeful cautionary tale."— School Library Journal

"Mr. Creacher's cautionary tales, told in rhyme, are as appealing as Chris Gall's bold, cartoonlike drawings. It's an educational horror story with a happy ending."—USA Today