The Day My Teacher Came to Tea

Children - Picture Book
28 Pages
Reviewed on 10/08/2015
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Author Biography

Ruth Whenham began her career as a freelance writer a short time before reaching her 40th birthday. To say it was something of a mid-life crisis would be absolutely true! A graduate of Human Psychology and a former employee of the National Health Service, Ruth now splits her time between writing, looking after her family (she has two children) and volunteering at her local Citizens' Advice Bureau.

Ruth combines jaunty rhyming verse, humour and great characters to create stories that are entertaining for young children and for their parents alike!

To date, Ruth has published six children's picture books; all of which have been illustrated by talented artist, Emma K.L. Hunt.

Here is a brief summary of Ruth's six books:

My Crazy Purple Pen - featuring a crazy purple pen (funnily enough!) and a whole host of other fun characters who get caught up in the magic pen's cheeky mischief.

The Day My Teacher Came to Tea - a story about a cheeky boy whose mean teacher comes to tea, and the farce that ensues.

Birthday Cake Disaster - a tale about a girl baking a cake with her dad, or at least trying to. It's okay, the ending is a happy one, despite the title!

Captain Sillyvoice and his Pirate Band - a swashbuckling adventure featuring the very amiable Captain Sillyvoice and his rather unusual crew. In this tale these awesome pirates find a way to have fun, be themselves and become a success on the high seas.

Captain Sillyvoice Takes to the Stage - the Captain and his crew return for another fun-filled adventure during which they find themselves up against the big and mean Captain Scaryscar in a singing competition. How will they and the other pirate stars of the show get on, and who will be crowned the Sea Shanty King?

Captain Sillyvoice and the Sea Monster - Captain Sillyvoice is in a spot of bother once again! A hungry sea monster is heading towards his ship and there seems to be no way past. Join in the fun as the ever-so-nice Captain and his awesome crew try to reach their fans over on Blue Banana Beach. They have a pirate poptastic show to perform after all.

To find out more about Ruth Whenham and her books, you can visit her website at or her Facebook page She is always keen to hear from readers.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite

The Day My Teacher Came to Tea by Ruth Whenham was a funny and cute book. Matt has the meanest teacher in the whole school. Because he keeps playing pranks on her, she decides to go for tea at his house in order to talk to his parents. However, things do not go according to her plan once she is at Matt’s house.

I chose to read The Day My Teacher Came to Tea with my 4-year-old because she has mixed feelings about her own teacher, although I do think her teacher is much nicer than Matt’s teacher, Mrs. Green. Everything that happened to Mrs. Green in the story was hilarious. At first I felt bad that Matt did not respect his teacher like he should, but after seeing Mrs. Green’s attitude, I think she kind of deserved what happened to her. Whenham’s rhyming verses made the story flow beautifully and helped add to the excitement of what would occur next. The ending of the book was a little bit of a surprise. I thought it would have ended differently. My daughter really enjoyed the colorful illustrations. I liked that there was a little spider in each picture. When I pointed it out to my daughter, she happily looked for it on each page.

I think if teachers were to have this book in their classrooms, then maybe students will see that their teacher is not so bad. This would be a good book for younger kids to show them that reading can be fun. Ruth Whenham has written five other children’s books and if they are as funny as The Day My Teacher Came to Tea, then they are all must-reads.