Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Dan Gutman
Illustrator: Jim Paillot
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
A.J. attends Ella Mentry school. Mrs. Ella Mentry, a retired teacher, donated a million dollars to the school, so it was named after her. At an assembly, A.J. and his fellow students are introduced to Dr. Snow, the scientist. He is going to be their new science teacher and will prepare the students for the science fair. But what a ridiculous fair it’ll be! There won’t even be any cotton candy or rides. And what’s more, Dr. Snow seems to be reveling in the accidents that happen around the school. He even has an evil laugh! The children are determined that Dr. Snow has got to go. When Mrs. Ella Mentry threatens to take back her donation and the science fair starts to go awry, the kids know exactly who is behind it all.
Dr. Snow Has Got to Go is the first book of a new series entitled My Weirder-est School. The series is a sequel to the My Weird School and My Weirdest School series written by Dan Gutman. Dan Gutman takes ordinary well-known experiences, like a science fair, and adds childhood flair and comedic timing to create a masterpiece. The book teaches simple scientific terms and phrases, such as ‘velocity’ and Newton’s Laws. This early chapter book is a great short read that is easy enough for a first chapter book but witty enough for all ages to enjoy. The illustrations are cartoonish in their appearance which flows perfectly with the “television episode” type writing style. The books in the series all seem to allude to each other by referring to other characters or circumstances. The more books you read, the more you know about the characters. Dr. Snow Has Got to Go continues the marvelous series and should be included in all elementary school libraries.