In this latest picture book by Michael Garland, action-packed artwork showcases a tale of high adventure inspired by the magic of reading and one spectacular teacher. Zack is sure 2nd grade will be boring, but that's before he meets his intriguing new teacher, Miss Smith, who has a knack for telling tales. When she reads to the class from her incredible book, the stories literally spring to life... and after each tale ends, the fantastic characters slip back into Miss Smith's mysterious book, leaving Zack and his classmates wide-eyed with wonder. Zack can't wait for Mrs. Smith to read out loud again from her incredible book. The first story fills the classroom with dueling pirates and the sound of their clashing swords. The second story transports Zack's class to the shady forest of the Big Bad Wolf. At the end of each spellbinding tale the characters slip quietly back into the book. But one day Mrs. Smith is late for school, and the principal takes charge. When he runs away in terror from a fire-breathing dragon, Zack and his classmates set free the rest of the storybook characters and have a morning of high-spirited fun...until they notice that the pirates have hoisted their Jolly Roger on the roof of the school!