The gross-out type humor escalates in this book, with a few bathroom jokes and the boys eating carrots that they’ve shoved up their nose. Girls continue to be crybabies and kiss ups. A.J. continues to find everything about school boring and stupid.
Sadly, I continue to find these books boring. Basically for each book, Gutman picks a gag and repeats it a million times. In Miss Daisy is Crazy, Miss Daisy would pretend not to know anything, in Mr. Klutz is Nuts, Mr. Klutz arranged bribe after bribe in exchange for learning. In Mrs. Roopy is Loopy, the repeating gag is that the librarian dresses up as different historical characters. But, what I find boring is something that is reassuring to beginning readers. Being able to rely on a pattern helps readers know what to expect.
Like the other books in the series, I would recommend these mainly for primary grades readers, in particular, reluctant readers and the school-averse.
Sex, Nudity, Dating – The librarian lifts her shirt and shows the students a heart tattoo on her stomach. There’s a joke that George Washington is probably running around without his clothes on. A.J. grabs the librarian’s shirt and lifts it up.
Profanity – just plenty more “hate”, and some “dumb”
Death, Violence and Gore – Mrs. Roopy sings a song where Melvil Dewey drops dead on the floor of the library.
Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking – None
Frightening or Intense Things – None