The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids
(or simply The Bailey School Kids
) is a series of children's chapter books co-authored by Marcia T. Jones and Debbie Dadey. It revolves around a group of third-grade kids who are convinced that people around them are monsters. In each story, the kids meet an adult who shows signs of being some mythical being.
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The franchise provides examples of:
- Aesop Amnesia - The characters take turns between believing a character is supernatural, considering it unlikely, and teasing their friends for considering it, depending on the book. This becomes particularly egregious when a character who was convinced their science teacher was a sea monster in the last book sneers at their friend for thinking the cashier at a restaurant is a mummy in the next.
- Agent Mulder: Liza is almost always the one to suggest that someone is a supernatural creature.
- Agent Scully: Eddie is consistently the most doubtful of the group, making him official Scully. Melody also usually takes more convincing than the others.
- Almighty Janitor: Regardless of whether or not he's Santa, Mr. Jolly is clearly this.
- Artistic License - Physics: Frankenstien Doesn't Plant Petunias has the kids making shaped bubbles, including stars and cubes. Soap bubbles are spherical no matter what, because surface tension draws them into the tightest possible grouping of molecules-a shpere.
- Black Best Friend: Melody
- The Cameo: Numerous one-time characters from the other books appear in the illustrations in Bogeymen Don't Play Football, cheering in the stand.
- Carpet of Virility: Mr. Jenkins is characterized by this.
- Classical Movie Vampire: Mrs. Jeepers shows every sign of this, being a very suave and ladylike, and even bearing a widow's peak, her Eastern European accent, her air for the dramatic when she's not being calm and menacing, and her outdated clothes.
- Although, in the book we meet her family in, they're peasants (farmers who lost a bet and are only allowed to harvest at night) instead of upper-middle nobility (counts).
- Defanged Horrors
- Does Not Like Shoes: Mr. Jenkins avoids wearing shoes, until his cabin is filled with wolfsbane, at which point he puts shoes on.
- Does This Remind You of Anything? - Although it may not have stood out in 1990, when Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots was published, modern vampire mythology often puts them into a sexual context, making one wonder what Mrs. Jeepers did to Eddie in the last chapter.
- Evil Albino: Mrs. Zork from Aliens Don't Wear Braces. She's implied to be an alien on a mission to steal color from Earth and bring it to her monochromatic home planet.
- Expy: The Pizza parlor from Dragons Don't Cook Pizza is one of the Medieval Times restaurant chain.
- Funetik Aksent: Averted with Mrs. Jeepers; she is said to have a thick accent, but it does not translate into text.
- Girlish Pigtails - Melody is always drawn with twintails, sometimes wearing a ponytail or braids within the story.
- Haunted House: The Clancy House, which Ms. Jeepers moves into in the first book, is described as this by the students.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Each book features a title "<Insert Supernatural Creature Here> does not <Insert Mundane Task Uncharacteristic to Said Creature Here>".
- Informed Flaw - In Werewolves Don't Go To Summer Camp, Liza is described as "plump" and "chubby" a few times, despite this never being mentioned or seen in any books or pictures.
- Jerk Ass > Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Eddie, who is originally described as the school bully, often comes off as this.
- Lame Comeback - Eddie is prone to these.
- Magitek: One book heavily implies a dragon is being used to fire a pizza oven.
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane - The books rarely come to a concrete conclusion over whether someone is or is not the creature the kids think they are.
- Mind-Control Eyes - Mrs. Jeepers' eyes flash green when she hypnotizes Eddie. (They also flash green threateningly when she's disciplining the children).
- The Mole: Allegedly, a vampire infiltrated the leprechauns' kingdom as the teacher of their children in order to take back the gem they stole and seal them in Ireland. It's heavily implied that Mrs. Jeepers was this vampire.
- Monster of the Week
- Oireland: "Magic" O'Grady's nationality. Howie's grandmother also hails from there.
- Our Monsters Are Different (Depending on whether you believe that the characters are monsters or not.)
- Our Vampires Are Different: Mrs. Jeepers is clearly able to go out in the sunlight (which vampires in the original legends were able to do, although it's implied to have something to do with her brooch), but has an allergy to garlic and is shown to be able to hypnotize people. It's implied that she sleeps in a coffin and can feed off people.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Mr. Jenkins is shown to turn into a hairy humanoid on nights surrounding the full moon, and prefers raw meat in human form. Exposure to wolfsbane causes him to turn far less hairy, looking just like an ordinary person at all times.
- Our Santa Claus Is Different: Mr. Jolly is shown to have magical abilities, visits a different school every year to check on the local kids, and drives a red sports car with the license place reading "HOHOHO".
- Our Leprechauns Are Different: Mr. O'Grady uses lucky charms to perform magic, is confined to Oireland due to the vampires stealing his people's magic gem.
- Our Goblins Are Different: Apparently goblins are plump middle aged men who teach computer classes, play video games that resemble Castlevania and Ghosts 'n Goblins, and are Neat Freaks.
- Positive Discrimination - Melody is the only black character, and she's also the bravest, most polite, and most reasonable of the group. She is often pitted against Eddie, who is a red-head.
- Sassy Black Woman: Melody, in spades.
- Sealed Evil in a Can - Although not evil so much as tricksters, the leprechauns were confined to Oireland by the vampires.
- Shown Their Work: In Frankenstein Doesn't Plant Petunias, Liza gives a surprisingly good summary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, avoiding most of the misinformation that has been engrained in the public's minds after the movie. The only one mentioned is the angry mob at the climax, and Frankenstein's fear of fire, both of which are actually plot points.
- It should be noted, however, that Frank's creator is Dr. Victor, whereas his creator in the novel is not a doctor at all, although his first name is Victor.
- Stern Teacher - Mrs. Jeepers
- Take Our Word for It: Whatever Mrs. Jeepers did to Eddie in the first book is briefly explained in the beginning of the second: Mrs. Jeepers scolded Eddie.
- Tastes Like Feet: Eddie's reaction to Howie's favorite flavor of potato chip (garlic) is that it "tastes like warthog".
- Title Drop - Once a book.
- It's absent in Werewolves Don't Go To Summer Camp, however.
- Token Minority: Melody
- True Meaning Of Christmas: The ending to Santa Claus Doesn't Mop Floors.
- Vampire Vords: Somewhat averted in that she's said to have a realistic Romanian accent, rather than the exaggerated one that comes with the trope.
- Villainous Widow's Peak: Mrs. Jeepers
- Who's Laughing Now?: The kids last teacher before Mrs. Jeepers quit because of Eddie's pranks, but before she did, she warned the kids that they were going to be sorry before letting out a cackle.
- Wolf Man - Between the descriptions and the illustrations, Mr. Jenkins is probably something like this.
- You Know The One - Referring to Mr. Jolly as "SC" feels particularly unnatural after a while.