Author intentHow do you think the author wants us to view the relationship between Nicholas and Mrs. Granger?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that the author wants the reader to understand the antagonism and potential for rivalry that exists between Nicholas and Mrs. Granger.  It seems to me that this is what the exposition helps to reveal to the reader.  We never get the idea that either one of them intensely dislikes or has disdain for the other.  Rather, we see their relationship as one where each holds an almost equal level of magnitude. This ends up playing into the resolution of the novel when Mrs. Granger recognizes how the invention of the term "Frindle" gains a life of its own and she does not wish to stand in the way of the story, but rather seeks to enhance it.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that Clements is an author skilled at creating school stories.  He expects kids to recognize relationships with the teachers they had that were tough, but from whom they learned the most.  I personally am this kind of teacher.  Students often fret under my reign, but they usually thank me later when they realize how well I prepared them for what was to come.

mkcapen1 | Student
I think it is because Mrs. Granger is the one helping to instigate the writer in Nick. She is the one who tells him how words are made. She basically sets curiosity in motion. When she sees that Nick is carrying it through, she may consequence the students but she is teaching them how to stand up for something that they believe in. If one does not see the relationship between Nick and Mrs. Granger one is apt to think that she is a mean person who doesn't care about her students. However, the reader learns just how much she believes in Nick's abilities at the end of the book when he opens he letter that she had written Nick.