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Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite
Ted Carter is fresh out of college and ready to hit the world as a school teacher. It can’t be that difficult getting a teaching job; it’s as easy as teachers' jobs you watch on your favorite sitcom, right? Wrong! And after a few interviews, Ted Carter finds this out the hard way. But when Gretchen, of Gretchen’s Irish Pub suggests that he check out the sixth grade teacher position at Ted’s hometown school, he isn’t too thrilled about that particular position. But then he has no choice since his phone isn’t ringing off the hook about the other positions he’d applied for, so he decides to give them his resume. And you guessed it, the principal, Don Boggins hires him, and now he gets to work alongside some of his former teachers that he didn’t treat so well in the past.
Simmer Down, Mr. C is loosely based on the author, Scott Bitely’s story. With his teaching experience, he was able to incorporate his expertise and experience of teaching into the pages of his book. I was a substitute teacher for years, so I could relate to some of his stories that I thoroughly enjoyed. Bitely has a unique way of describing all of the difficulties a new teacher faces, and he does it in such a hilarious way he really makes reading his book enjoyable, fun, and entertaining. The entire experience Ted faces as a first year teacher, with the students, as well as his former teachers will keep you laughing for a long time. I loved reading Simmer Down, Mr. C and highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good, humorous, entertaining book. If you are a teacher, Simmer Down, Mr. C is just what you need to read! You will truly not be disappointed with this really great book from Scott Bitely.