Bailey School Kids

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The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids (or, simply, The Bailey School Kids) is a best-selling children's book chapter book series. The books in the series are co-authored by Marcia T. Jones and Debbie Dadey. John Steven Gurney is the original illustrator of the series (covers and interior illustrations) and he originated the appearance of the characters. During the early 2000s some of the books were reissued with cover illustrations by Nathan Hale.

In each story, the Bailey School kids encounter a relatively innocuous character (such as a school teacher, custodian, etc.) who may or may not be a mythical being (e.g. a vampire, ghost, dragon, etc.). The reader is left guessing whether the innocuous character is the said mythical being or not.

There are more than 80 books in the series, including Super Specials, Holiday Special Editions, the new BSK "Jr" chapter books series, and the spin-off Bailey City Monsters series for grades 2-4. The first novel, Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots, was published in 1991.

Main Characters[edit]

Liza[edit]

Liza is the most scared and sensitive of the group, usually not wanting to resort to methods that will result in others being hurt, even if they are a monster. She always believes in fairy tales and she can't swim.

Melody[edit]

A close friend of Liza, and in most situations, is the bravest of the group. She is also very competitive with Eddie.

Howie[edit]

A friend to Liza, Melody, and Eddie, he is the most logical & intelligent of the group. His dad works for FATS (Federal Aeronautics Technology Station).

Eddie[edit]

Eddie is the tough guy of the group. He is always making fun of his friends when they believe they see monsters and tries to prove them wrong.

Recurring Characters[edit]

Mrs. Jeepers[edit]

Mrs. Jeepers is the group's teacher, and some of them think she is a vampire. Other teachers before her quit because of their class, but Mrs. Jeepers is the only one who can keep them under control, due to their fear of her. Her family is from Transylvania, and includes an identical cousin, a brother, a nephew, and her mother. Despite her bizarre family and unusual behavior, it is never known if she really is a vampire.

Mr. Jenkins[edit]

Mr. Jenkins is the camp counselor of Camp Lone Wolf, and some think he is a werewolf. He comes off as a mean, tough man, but is sometimes shown to have a soft side, especially towards nature. He has two known cousins, one that dances hula, and one who ran for president. Like Mrs. Jeepers, it is never known if he really is a werewolf. He is a tall and hairy man who wears torn clothes and a dog collar, and often demonstrates his characteristic howl.

Dr. Victor[edit]

A brilliant scientist residing in Bailey City. Some people think he is, or may be related to, the original Dr. Victor Frankenstein, leading them to believe his companion, Frank, is really Frankenstein's monster. After his first appearance, he argues with Frank, prompting the two of them to separate, but they make up later on. It is believed that he was directly responsible for the creation of "Frankenstein's Bride".

Carey[edit]

Carey is the popular, rich girl at Bailey Elementary. Although she comes off as a spoiled brat, she does tend to care about what is going on around her, especially when it comes to Mrs. Jeepers being a "vampire". She also has a crush on Eddie.

Books List[edit]

The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids[edit]

  1. Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots
  2. Werewolves Don't Go to Summer Camp
  3. Santa Claus Doesn't Mop Floors
  4. Leprechauns Don't Play Basketball
  5. Ghosts Don't Eat Potato Chips
  6. Frankenstein Doesn't Plant Petunias
  7. Aliens Don't Wear Braces
  8. Genies Don't Ride Bicycles
  9. Pirates Don't Wear Pink Sunglasses
  10. Witches Don't Do Back Flips
  11. Skeletons Don't Play Tubas
  12. Cupid Doesn't Flip Hamburgers
  13. Gremlins Don't Chew Bubble Gum
  14. Monsters Don't Scuba Dive
  15. Zombies Don't Play Soccer
  16. Dracula Doesn't Drink Lemonade
  17. Elves Don't Wear Hard Hats
  18. Martians Don't Take Temperatures
  19. Gargoyles Don't Drive School Buses
  20. Wizards Don't Need Computers
  21. Mummies Don't Coach Softball
  22. Cyclops Doesn't Roller-Skate
  23. Angels Don't Know Karate
  24. Dragons Don't Cook Pizza
  25. Bigfoot Doesn't Square Dance
  26. Mermaids Don't Run Track
  27. Bogeymen Don't Play Football
  28. Unicorns Don't Give Sleigh Rides
  29. Knights Don't Teach Piano
  30. Hercules Doesn't Pull Teeth
  31. Ghouls Don't Scoop Ice Cream
  32. Phantoms Don't Drive Sports Cars
  33. Giants Don't Go Snowboarding
  34. Frankenstein Doesn't Slam Hockey Pucks
  35. Trolls Don't Ride Roller Coasters
  36. Wolfmen Don't Hula Dance
  37. Goblins Don't Play Video Games
  38. Ninjas Don't Bake Pumpkin Pie
  39. Dracula Doesn't Rock and Roll
  40. Sea Monsters Don't Ride Motorcycles
  41. Bride of Frankenstein Doesn't Bake Cookies
  42. Robots Don't Catch Chicken Pox
  43. Vikings Don't Wear Wrestling Belts
  44. Ghosts Don't Ride Wild Horses
  45. Wizards Don't Wear Graduation Gowns
  46. Sea Serpents Don't Juggle Water Balloons
  47. Frankenstein Doesn't Start Food Fights
  48. Dracula Doesn't Play Kickball
  49. Werewolves Don't Run For President
  50. The Abominable Snowman Doesn't Roast Marshmallows
  51. Dragons Don't Throw Snowballs

Bailey School Kids 'Jr' Chapter Books[edit]

  1. Ghosts DO Splash In Puddles
  2. Reindeer DO Wear Striped Underwear
  3. Cupid DOES Eat Chocolate-Covered Snails
  4. Pirates DO Ride Scooters
  5. Dragons DO Eat Homework
  6. Wizards DO Roast Turkeys
  7. Vampires DO Hunt Marshmallow Bunnies
  8. Cavemen DO Drive School Buses
  9. Snow Monsters DO Drink Hot Chocolate

Holiday Special Editions[edit]

  1. SE Swamp Monsters Don't Chase Wild Turkeys [Thanksgiving]
  2. SE Aliens Don't Carve Jack-O-Lanterns [Halloween]
  3. SE Mrs. Claus Doesn't Climb Telephone Poles [Christmas]
  4. SE Leprechauns Don't play fetch [St. Patrick's Day]
  5. SE Ogres Don't Hunt Easter Eggs [Easter]

Specials and Super-Specials[edit]

  • The Bailey School Kids - Joke Book
  1. SS Mrs. Jeepers Is Missing
  2. SS Mrs. Jeepers' Batty Vacation
  3. SS Mrs. Jeepers' Secret Cave
  4. SS Mrs. Jeepers In Outer Space
  5. SS Mrs. Jeepers' Monster Class Trip
  6. SS Mrs. Jeepers On Vampire Island
  7. SS Mrs. Jeepers' Scariest Halloween... EVER!!!!
  8. SS Mrs. Jeepers' Creepy Christmas

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