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Light hearted read
on 17 August 2012
I found this book a simple enough light hearted read that amused me in places. I can't say I found it laugh out loud funny but it was gently pleasing. I enjoyed the description of the Yorkshire Dales which are done in a way to make you 'see' them.
I did feel that the writer had a very rose tinted view of school chidren, there was not one badly behaved child in the whole book, they were all polite, friendly children who were very happy to talk to the the school inspector. I went to school in the 1980's & 1990's and can honestly say I never spoke to an inspector, they only ever sat at the back of the class and observed, very different to this book.
I did get annoyed with the writer at times, I felt he was rather quick to congratulate himself on his ability to do his job and related rather a lot of the praise he got.
Overall, a pleasant enough read that I read quite happily but don't think I would bother with any of the other books. I imagine they would be particularly interesting for a teacher/anyone with a job in education.