Poor Ned, today is show and tell and he has nothing to bring. So he goes to his closet and checks out his stash. "A rusty eggbeater, a toy laser beam,/A handheld electronic spelling machine./A Slinky with kinks and an old ping-pong paddle,/A snow globe that said "Having Fun in Seattle."/He smushed them together with duct tape and glue./He had an invention, but what did it do?" So he points and he clicks and the SHOE on his bed becomes a HOSE spraying cold water. He tries it again and his LAMP becomes a PALM, and it is then that he realizes he'd invented a Mixed-Up Ray, a contraption that takes words and makes crazy anagrams. His AUNT becomes a TUNA, PEAS become APES, and as soon as he points his ray at the kids at school, they begin to change. CATHY becomes a YACHT, NAT an ANT, BRIAN a BRAIN "with a big throbbing thinker",and his teacher, MRS ETON, a MONSTER. But things really become interesting when the class leaves on an art museum field trip..... Mike Reiss has written an engaging, manic romp that gets wilder and sillier with each page turn. His hilarious, rhyming text is full of energy and motion, and complemented by Mike Cressy's bold, bright, and busy cartoon-like illustrations. Together they've authored an entertaining chain of events story with a wonderfully clever solution. Perfect for youngsters 4-8, The Great Show-and-Tell Disaster is a delightful, high-spirited story kids will beg to read again and again.