All the students in Room 2B are getting ready for Christmas. They are excited and filled with holiday spirit. But when their teacher, Miss Mackle, sits down in her chair, it breaks, and she gets hurt! Now Miss Mackle has to spend Christmas in the hospital. The students don't feel like celebrating any more. It's up to Harry to think of a present that will cheer her up and bring the holiday mood back. Will Harry find a gift that is wonderful--and horrible--enough? The Horrible Harry series is always a hit with even the most reluctant readers. Suzy Kline's engaging text and Johnny Heller's lively narration are the perfect combination for encouraging a lifelong love for books.
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by Suzy Kline
"All surprises aren't pleasant--that's one thing classroom 2B learns in this episode of Kline's popular series. When Miss Mackle's old reading chair breaks, she falls, sending the class's globe rolling into the hall and offering an apt symbol for how the kids' world is about to get shaken up. Miss Mackle initially laughs off the possibility of injury but later must spend Christmas in the hospital. In addition to showcasing his ability to dramatize children's voices, this story allows Johnny Heller to unleash his considerable talent for sound effects. Whether it's the crickety-creak of a chair about to break, the crash when it does, or the tick of a clock, Heller zestfully delivers it all with his enthusiastic narration. J.C.G. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"