Mary Amato
Amato Mary Amato talks about her new middle-grade novel, OUR TEACHER IS A VAMPIRE AND OTHER (NOT) TRUE STORIES.

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by Eric A. Kimmel
Janet Stevens, Illustrator

Paperback | 32 pages | 10 x 9.5 | US$ 7.99
ISBN: 9780823417636 | 09-01-2002

Grade: FIRST | Age: 4 to 8

Themes: Myths, Legends & Folklore, Humor, Animals/Fiction, African
Recommendations: A, C, CE, K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
K-2: RL.1-3
3: RL.2

About the Book
Anansi steals the stick so he won't have to work—and gets a surprise!

It's a fine bright day, and all the animals are working—all except Anansi, that is! He's sleeping, as usual. Warthog, Lion, and Zebra laugh so hard at his messy house that they wake him up. Anansi stomps off in a huff—right into an amazing secret! Hyena has a magic stick that follows his orders. If Anansi steals the stick, he'll never have to work again, and his home will be the neatest one in town. Is the magic stick his secret for success? Or the beginning of disasters he can't even imagine?