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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Mrs. Weber falls ill and the students get a substitute teacher, Mr. Potter, in Tales of a Substitute Teacher Volume 2: A Magician’s Tricks Take Over Room 6 by Sheri Powrozek. The children like Mrs. Weber; she had been an assistant in the school earlier, she is fun, young, and loves playing sports and games. She usually waits for the students in the hallway to greet them and today she is not there. The substitute teacher, Mr. Potter, tells the children that Mrs. Weber is down with a dreadful stomach virus and needs rest. Mr. Potter dresses oddly, but the children find him charming yet mysterious. He is always juggling chalk sticks, pulling handkerchiefs out of his pockets, and has an eccentric sense of humor. Children feel Mr. Potter is a wizard and he slowly becomes popular among the students.
The story has some good messages for young readers; that of embracing ourselves, the good, the bad, and the extraordinary. It teaches children acceptance and to celebrate their uniqueness. The characters in the story are real and relatable and children will find it easy to connect with the story. The author’s thought of weaving in life lessons through the plot make it sound interesting and easy for young readers to understand. She also makes it exciting with a whimsical and goofy character like Mr. Potter as a substitute teacher. It is a good book for storytelling sessions at home and in classrooms because of the messages it conveys, and is worth having in one's personal collection to be read many times.