Santa Claus Doesn’t Mop Floors

Bibliographic Information: Dadey, Debbie, Marcia Thornton. Jones, and John Steven Gurney. Santa Claus Doesn’t Mop Floors. New York: Scholastic, 1991. Print.

Brief Annotation: A new janitor comes to school, Mr. Jolly and has a strong resemblance to Santa Claus – students are intrigued by the little red notebook he keeps notes in, and how quickly he can clean up messes. Who is this new janitor?

Genre: Mystery

Grade Level: 3

Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy stories with an element of mystery will enjoy reading this book and assisting the students in solving this school mystery.

Rating/ Response: 4 – This book was exciting and left me always wanting to turn the page to find out what was going to happen next.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Who can tell me what a mystery book is?

Reading Strategy: Free Choice (Chapter)

Rationale for Strategy: I believe story and series is ideal for beginning readers and those looking for chapter books, it contains depth and allows the students to dive into the story and become a part of it.

Posted by: Katie de St. Aubin

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