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Learn Me Good Kindle Edition
|Length: 212 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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The format of the book meant it was a nice easy read, with the emails creating an equivalent to short chapters. It would have been a nice book to have dipped into when I only had a bit of spare time to read, but in reality I read this over the course of two afternoons.
Due to the nature of the book, while we learn a bit about the background and physical attributes of Jack and some of his class and colleagues, this isn't really a character driven book, it's more of a literary sit-com. There are plenty of anecdotes about what his charges have said or done, and his responses to them. Some of the stories are so shocking you have to laugh and others must have bemused Jack as they certainly puzzled me. It is certainly a funny book and I found myself chuckling quite a lot. However I am also now in a state of fear. What starts in the States often makes it's way to this side of the pond, so I guess by the time my little one starts school I'll have to buy gifts for teacher for all sorts of occasions with no relation to education.
Quips aside it was also interesting to find out incidentally about some of the issues facing urban schools. I suspect a lot of the issues are the same here as in the US, such as teaching kids for whom English isn't a first language and endless testing. Don't expect serious debate though, this is a light hearted, irreverent book that suited my need for a short, humourous read perfectly.
This book was almost like reading a series of very humorous essays. The method of delivery was great. Using e-mails to tell the story was a stroke of genius.
Also, we actually got a little bit of a second story with the responses to his ex-coworker. And, because he was talking to a good friend, he was very honest. He wasn't trying to change the world one kid at a time, he freely admitted he didn't like some of the kids, but he was a good teacher.
Character Development: 4.75 Stars
I would have preferred a little more character development of the author (teacher). We did get to know him somewhat, but having a few more of his thoughts would have made for a deeper read.
Writing Style: 5 Stars
The writing style of this author was very intriguing. I loved the way he portrayed the kids with tight, succinct writing.
Editing/Formatting: 5 Stars
There were no editing type errors, and the Kindle formatting was excellent.
A fast, fun read almost like reading a joke book, but with a great story laced throughout.
Within half an hour of purchase I was nearly half way through it. I would have finished it all in one sitting but it was sunny outside and the dog was pestering me for a walk :) With the dog pacified I returned to the book and in another hour and a half I was done!
I would recommend this book not only to anyone who enjoys a good funny, but to anyone who owns a Kindle. Take advantage of the price it is now because if there is any justice then the price will soon rise. It deserves to.
Keenly awaiting the sequel!
This was the first American one I've read and it felt like it. I imagine it was meant to describe to the reader what a nightmare it is to be a teacher (like Frank Chalk's books), whereas it sounded pleasant enough to me. Exactly the kind of thing I would expect teaching to be like. I've had plenty of worse jobs myself.
Where it really goes badly is in the telling via emails. It reads a bit like Adrian Mole's diary, only the funny parts aren't particularly funny and the references to people at Pearson's previous pump company even less so. This book is written well enough and the Kindle-isation is pretty impeccable, but I found myself struggling to finish the sample. 3/5
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The format is one-way emails from a new teacher to his ex colleague and some people might not like that, but I found it easy to read.Read more