Reading/Interest Level: Primary
Author: Dan Gutman
Illustrator: Jim Paillot
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
A.J. and his friends head to school for a normal boring day. But wait, there old fogies at school? Oh, that’s right, it’s grandparents day. One of the grandparents, Alexia’s grandmother Mrs. Master, is an inventor and entrepreneur. As she tells the children about her career and the inventions she sold, the kids all begin to get ideas about starting a company and becoming bazillionaires. What they need is a really great new invention. When A.J. comes up with a compassionate, fluorescent, sweet smelling toilet seat, the children and investor teachers believe they’ve struck it rich. But little do they know how difficult it is to run a business. When things start to unravel, Mrs. Master doesn’t seem to mind that she has created a disaster.
Mrs. Master Is a Disaster is the eighth book of the series My Weirdest School. The series is a sequel to the My Weird School series written by Dan Gutman. This book teaches all about entrepreneurship and the benefits, risks, hard work, and excitement of creating your own business. The books all seem to refer to the “crazy” adults these children meet and follow the children in A.J.’s class. 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 cartoon-esque in their appearance and really match the feel of the “television episode” type writing style. Mrs. Master Is a Disaster is a comedic success and would make a great addition to any children’s library.