This was a great read to get a laugh or two in right before bed. Having been a classroom teacher it was easy to laugh at the observation by Mr. Done. Classroom dynamics at the elementary level are everything he describes and more. He finds the humor in the child who is hard to love and in the teacher lounge antics before the school year starts-hoping to trade students who come with a reputation. These same students are the ones you know you will miss at the end of the year. Mr. Done manages to share the fun often found in the classroom just when you think you found the end of the rope. Fun, light-hearted, and heart felt.
I found it a bit too glib, certainly if you are going to read it in one sitting. Too many forced "Awww" moments that may want to make a classroom teacher puke(I've been teaching 1 year, am I already cynical?). I would note that the author lives in Mountain View, California, apparently been teaching at the same school for 20 years, unless he commutes more than 20 miles he is teaching in a very wealthy district (near Stanford), so I don't have much sympathy for him. Chapters are very short, 2 to 4 pages, they are a series of anecdotes.
This was a quick, funny, easy read. Phillip Done tells stories that he has accumulated throughout his teaching career. Anyone with children, or who teaches children, can definitely relate to stories like, "These are scissors. They are used to cut paper. They are not used to cut our classmates hair." Definitely a laugh out loud book.