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Mr Majeika On the internet Mr Majeika On the internet

Izza gul | Class VI-Orange | (BG PTC)

Author Name: Humphrey Carpenter

Review: It is an extremely witty book. This book is about class three and their crazy teacher Mr Majeika. It is important to note that Mr Majeika had been a wizard before he became a teacher and he still likes to perform some odd and magical displays in the classroom. When the class receives an old computer as a gift from a local business, Mr Majeika hasn’t the slightest idea how to work it as this technology isn’t his field of expertise.

The kids have to create their own websites for the school website competition and the worst behaved boy in the class is the last to use it before the day ends. The following morning, when the children arrive to class, the old computer has vanished and in its place they see a brand new one, twice as big with a huge screen. Of course the last person to use the computer the day before is their number one suspect to this mystery, even though he claims he doesn’t know where the computer came from!

When Mr Majeika asks the children questions during a geometry lesson, the computer randomly displays sarcastic comments. Mr Majeika finally decides to do some magic on the computer to stop it being a nuisance but his magic backfires and the whole class end up being magically trapped inside the computer.

On their travels through the computer, they become friends with the computers mouse, Gulliver. The children associate his name with the book Gulliver’s travels which is about a man who travels to strange islands and meets peculiar people. The class decides to go on an adventure to places named in Gulliver’s travel book where they meet many bizarre characters. The class soon realises that being stuck inside the computer was a big opportunity to explore the net and look for a way out of the computer. Eventually Mr Majeika realises who was playing the trick on the class, with the help from one of the students in the class. Will class three ever find an escape route out of the computer?

I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the way that the children explored the web and them being faced with characters and story elements from Gulliver’s Travels. I enjoyed the use of computer jargon in this book such as World Wide Web, modem, yahoo, keyboard, etc. Throughout the magical story, great explanations of how some parts of a computer work are introduced very creatively. I would definitely recommend this book for children who have a huge imagination and a great interest in computers.
Mr Majeika and the School Trip Mr Majeika and the School Trip

Eman Habib | Class VI-Orange | (BG PTC)

Author name: Humphrey Carpenter

Review: Class three at St Barty's School goes on amazing adventures with Mr Majeika, the ex-wizard turned teacher. The class is very excited about a visit to the outdoor activity center but with Mr Majeika and his spells around, the trip turns into an adventure they could never have imagined. There's a trip down a magic river, a battle to save St Barty's from a wrecking ball, and work experience for the class.
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