Math Rashes

Math Rashes

Douglas Evans | Illustrated by Larry DiFiori

A comic spell is cast in these stories of a topsy-turvy classroom.

Once again, Douglas Evans, author of The Classroom at the End of the Hall, draws from his years of teaching and employs his characteristic comic wit in these hilarious episodes of education gone awry. Familiar characters like Motormouth Morgan and Richard the Bully, unknowingly under the spell of W.T. Melon, the man whose portrait hangs in the hallway of the school, learn various lessons about school and about life as their normal school routines are turned upside down and inside out. Magical events bring inanimate objects to life —lunchboxes, playground equipment, mealworms, and pencil sharpeners teach their own lessons … not at all by the book. Each of Douglas Evans’s imaginative stories conveys a subtle lesson about the nature of schools, teachers, kids, and learning itself.


  • Ages: 9 - 11
  • Grades: 4 - 6
  • Pages: 160

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Recent Reviews

Each well-written short selection has strong child appeal and is sprinkled with Di Fiori’s appealing black-and-white illustrations. ... [Z]any plot will pull young readers in and convey gentle messages.

—School Library Journal

Wacky takeoffs on third-grade experiences that will have readers laughing out loud.


Sequel to The Classroom at the End of the Hall, [Math Rashes] opens as a dawdling boy’s doodles come to life and do his homework for him, all the while singing (Yankee Doodle, Polly Wolly Doodle and Cock-a-doodle-doo! are favorites). Eight more loopy adventures are included, climaxing when Miss Givings, the substitute teacher, diagnoses a case of Schoolwork Allergy and prescribes a hearty romp in the snow.

—Publishers Weekly

The third graders at the W.T. Melon Elementary School inhabit a very real world, one that children will recognize, peopled with kids facing all sorts of problems in imaginative ways.... This is one sweet, funny, and accessible book. Kids will laugh every time the tall teacher’s ears turn red when he gets mad, and take comfort in the fact that they are not alone.

—Children's Literature

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