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School and College Daze

Thank You, Teacher, Because...

compiled by Daisy Barth

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Thank You, Teacher, Because... was born on an early June day when Daisy, then 11, said, "Why don't you publish a book I need? A book that I can give to my teacher on the last day of school."

If you write it and draw pictures for it, and it's good, we'll publish it, we responded. But say what's in your heart, not what you think you should say."

The result is a charmingly-illustrated book that tells what real kids appreciate about certain real teachers. A few of the many thank-you reasons are:

You answer stupid questions.
You appreciate Halloween.
You laugh at my jokes.
You never run out of pencils.
You tell good stories.
You don't play favorites.
I can believe that you were once young.

Teacher Window open the window.
...cobwebs don’t grow between my fingers
waiting for you to call on me.
Teacher Cobwebs
Teacher Spinach know there are things self-respecting
kids won’t eat.


Wisdom & Wack for the Graduate

Compiled by Kate Barth
Illustrations by Neil Shapiro

Hardcover, $14.95
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Each commencement season has its pearls of wit and weirdness. Here, in handy hard-cover form, are true gems of guidance for the new graduate.

Neil Shapiro’s brilliant and hilarious illustrations guarantee that the new high school or college grad will absolutely take notice—and thank the book giver for this wickedly, wonderful gift.

From Wisdom & Wack:

"I note that you are dressed in black. Why all the gloom?"
—Richard H. Brodhead
Dean of Yale College
Yale University, May 23, 2004
"So, what's it like in the real world? Well, the food is better, but beyond that, I don't recommend it."
—Bill Watterson
Creator of Calvin and Hobbes
Kenyon College, May 20, 1990


Living With...

Living with...An Emo Kid

Written and Illustrated by Charlie Mills with Paul Tunis
Hardcover $14
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Is someone near to you in retreat? Are you finding scraps of poetry lying about? What about hairdye stains in the shower?

Are you sharing your residence with a person who loves the dark?

You might be Living with an...Emo Kid!

Learn how to diagnose both the male and female emo teen. See charts dissecting the lyrics, the startling personal look and the attire of choice. Discover ways to deal with the emo kid’s angst with a capital “A” so that you don’t end up on his or her blog of “People I Hate and Why!”

You’re not alone. If you can see both emo humor and truth, you might even find you’re a little bit emo, too.

Paul Tunis, an ex-Emo, often returns to the scenes of his excess near Phoenix. He writes and teaches in Brooklyn, NY.


Living with...The Next Big Thing: Diva Division

Written and Illustrated by Charlie Mills with Erika Oppenheimer
Hardcover $14
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Is your daughter or niece or sister majoring in Fame? Is your school roommate or camp bunkmate hogging the only decent mirror to practice her glam smile? If you’re proximate to a wannabe, the odds are you’re Living with...The Next Big Thing in the “Diva Division.”

It’s not easy sharing space with a future American idol (talent yet to be super evident) or Star, no matter how much you care about her. Celebrity cool takes years of training and every detail matters. The Next Big Thing is so beautiful and so young and she needs your patience (applause) and help (clap harder, please). Learn how to laugh with an emerging diva, not at her, and you’ll still be in her life when she hits the top (or mellows).

Erika Oppenheimer of Sioux Falls, SD knows about teen diva-dom. She recently graduated from Georgetown in D.C., and is looking forwhat elsea job as an actress in NYC.


Living with...A Gamer

Written and Illustrated by Charlie Mills with Daniel Kleinman
Hardcover $14
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Is the friend or relative you once knew done with hanging around people? Does he or she prefer 3D graphics? And is this person developing thumb-tip blisters as he or she nears the top of his game, his X-box game, that is. If you’re not registering on his screen, You’re Living...with a Gamer.

Save your frequent-flyer miles for what really matters. Gamers dream not of surfing off Pacific-licked beaches or scaling snowcapped Himalayans but of finger-exercise at ultimate competitions in Toronto.Your ideas of fun may not coincide, but you’ve got to admire the Gamer’s all-night stamina. Learn to recognize and appreciate this dexterous guy or gal with the help of the first and best field guide to these cutting-edge homo-sapiens.

Daniel Kleinman, older brother of a teen gamer, works for Red Rock Press.