It's Harder Than It Looks

Book - 2012
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Gerry Dee is a rising comic star whose humour has been compared to Bill Cosby's. He spent ten years working as a teacher and survived (barely) to tell his tales. Told from the honest point-of-view of a not-so-good, often-very-bad public school teacher--the kind who teaches hungover (and lies about it), loses his students' exams (and lies about it), and stages an impromptu baseball game in the middle of history class just to kill some time, Teaching: It's Harder Than It Looks is Mr. D at his best.

This book collects Gerry's funniest anecdotes about teaching, about students and about their parents. As Gerry's ode to school life, it's sure to bring back a memory or two, whether you were the teacher's pet or the class clown. Throughout, he offers tongue-in-cheek "Teacher Tips and Tricks," uncomfortable notes to parents, awkward report cards and all manner of memorabilia of school days.

He's extremely funny, on the page as well as in person, and he's the kind of personality who will reach out beyond his own core comedy audience to a broad demographic of educators, parents and students who relate to his humour and experiences.

Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2012.
ISBN: 9780385677455
Characteristics: xvi, 268 p. :,ill., port. ;,24 cm.


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Jul 24, 2019

Funny book about Gerry Dee's teaching career. If you liked his tv show Mr D, this is a great addition to the tv show.

Sep 13, 2013

This was what I call a hand biter because you have to bite your hand to stop from laughing out loud and waking everyone in the house up at one a.m.
Super funny and super accurate. Whether you're a teacher or a student or none of the above, it's a great read! Just like his tv show, Mr. D, which is equally as hilarious, the book provied a comical insight to the life at school!

Mar 25, 2013

The best thing about this book, is that Mr. Dee has stopped teaching. A mean-spirited book from an apparently mean-spirited man. While I know that there are burn-outs and slackers in all professions, most of them don't brag about being that way. I have trouble understanding how he can be proud of playing nasty practical jokes on the children he doesn't like, as though he had a right to do so, and that he thinks this is funny. I thought the T.V. show was awful.and the book fits well with that.

kantoniw Mar 06, 2013

A really funny book about teaching - especially if you are a teacher or a former teacher!

debwalker Nov 24, 2012

Wit trumps teaching...

Nov 11, 2012

Easy read (I finished the book in four days) and I recommend it if you need a laugh. At one point I was crying I was laughing so hard. His stories are hilarious!

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