You Don't Have to Come Back, You Just Have to Go Out: AN AUTHOR'S ADVENTURES IN 30 YEARS OF SCHOOL VISITS
When I started my writing career with a single children’s mystery book, I had no idea the can of worms I was opening! Success and a reader fan base soon meant that I was awash in requests to “visit our school!” I always say I’m a writer, not a speaker, but how do you say no to a librarian/media specialist or teacher? You don’t!
And so, from a humble first visit at a local school, over the years I embarked on visits far and wide around the nation. This book recounts some of the most interesting, curious, hilarious, dangerous, poignant, and even deadly—school visits I’ve done. When you enter a school, you become part of their world. I quickly learned that, yes, indeed: You don’t have to come back…You just have to go out!
From the hometown of Blackbeard the Pirate, to a school Eleanor Roosevelt once visited via train, coach, and then wagon, I followed in the footsteps of earlier children’s book authors. I learned to be generous, gregarious, patient, brave, and never have to pee or eat!
So many children, so little time, and so many you love and want to pack up and bring home with you. I learned to respect teachers. If you want to know about the world of school and some of the special things that happen there, come along with me on a few school visits. They sound so simple and innocent, but they changed my life, and will yours, too!
I love this story of Ms. Bogus, a teacher who finds her back-to-school classroom quickly filling up with children, as well as new students such as an alligator, shark, spider, bear, octopus, and more! As you might imagine, school gets off to a rocky start as the teacher has to get the WILD THINGS, as she calls them to settle down. However, you might easily imagine which batch of students actually turns out to be WILD, and which students are actually quite kind, helpful, and hard workers?!
Carole Marsh never thought that she would…
Do a “School Visit”, much less LOTS of school visits in 30 years.
Have to distract 300 kids from noticing that a teacher had a heart attack in the middle of her presentation.
Follow the trail of Eleanor Roosevelt to a school in the boondocks… to change a single child’s life!
Be “the last good memory” some students would have before a tragic disaster.
Enter a dramatic “We're in lockdown” scenario!
Laugh, cry, meet Mama Cass in a bathroom, carry around Blackbeard the Pirate’s head, join the army, pimp her props, and often need “a steak and a drink” to survive what teachers pretty much endure/enjoy every day… the adoration of school children.
Meet a former reader who insisted the she was the reason he became an international teacher.“I learned from the early life savers on the Outer Banks of North Carolina… I just had to go out… I did not have to come back!”
Lovely chapter head illustrations by SCAD grad Blakeley Knox.
Introduction by a Teacher of the Year, Stephanie Hudson.
Wild Things in the Classroom
Savannah College of Art and Design illustration major, Geraldine Cpasek, did such a cute catalog cover for me that I turned the image into a book cover!
Southside Book Review by Forrest Schultz
The first line of my title for this review is what Carole Marsh uses as the sub-title for her book, which I would prefer to see as its main title, since it immediately tells the reader what the book is about. However, since Marsh is well known for her many mysteries, her main title has a mysterious quality, for which reason it might be more.
Because of the huge variety in her adventures and in the kinds of schools visited and in their locations, the accounts she relates here are, both literally and figuratively, "all over the map", so that there is no way to even try to summarize them. Let me just say this: her accounts of these school visits are as interesting as the mystery stories in her kids books, perhaps even more so. And that constitutes my recommendation for reading this "tell all" book of hers!