10 Reasons Mister Anthony is the Teacher You Wish You Had Growing Up

Oct 28, 2016

To say that teachers play an important role in the lives of children is a huge understatement. As educators, caregivers, models and mentors, they have a deep and lasting impact on their students. It’s no surprise, then, that teachers have been celebrated on the small screen through the years with wonderful characters from Ms. Frizzle to Mr. Feeny, who had us wishing that we could jump through the screen to be part of their class. After watching The Adventures of Napkin Man, we think you’ll be adding Mister Anthony’s name to that list, too! Here’s why.

1. He always knows how you’re feeling

Whether your face is tight and scrunchy or you feel all jittery inside, Mister Anthony understands just how you’re feeling, and can help you give that feeling a name. If he’d been your teacher when you were younger, you could’ve talked to him about being “totally bummed out” when your Tamagotchi died for the hundredth time, and he would have felt your pain.

2. He has some great stories

Feeling insecure? Angry? Embarrassed? You can always count on Mister Anthony to share a Napkin Man story that’s suspiciously similar to what you’re going through and will leave you feeling much better by the end. We could have used that during our bad hair days and questionable fashion choices of the early ‘90s. 

3. He isn’t afraid to get a little silly

No one is better at making you laugh when you’re having a tough day! Mister Anthony can help you shake off a bad mood with a silly face and some made-up moves that are guaranteed to make you giggle.

4. He can play the ukulele…

Think of a classroom song that you used to sing when you were a kid. The “clean-up” song is one that instantly springs to mind (because you sang it so many times that it’s stuck in your head for all eternity). Now, add a ukulele. See? Much better. As if that wasn’t cool enough, he also plays the guitar, and the bagpipes. 

5. He's got some pretty sweet dance moves too!

Who doesn’t love a good dance party? Whether he’s twirling or tap dancing, Mister Anthony knows how to bust a move. 

6. His artistic abilities are on point

Not only is Mister Anthony a very skilled illustrator, but he also has the ability to make his drawings come to life. That’s some Hogwarts-level wizardry, if you ask us.

7. He’ll make you laugh

Mister Anthony’s comedy is a real hit with the preschool set. Here’s one your kiddos will love:

8. Even his shoes are cool

Forget shiny dress shoes and tassel loafers; Mister Anthony’s blue Chucks reflect his teaching style—laid-back and fun.

9. Did we mention he’s friends with Napkin Man?

Can you name one teacher from your childhood who was friends with a super hero? We didn’t think so.

10. And, of course, there’s just something about the way he looks...

We’re not just talking about his willingness to dress up like a cowboy, ringmaster or monkey. Have you ever noticed that Mister Anthony looks just like a detective from the 1890s? Hmmm…

a photo of yannick from murdoch mysteries

Catch The Adventures of Napkin Man! Weekday mornings at 9am on Kids’ CBC TV, or on our YouTube channel

Article Author Alicia McAuley
Alicia McAuley

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Alicia McAuley is a freelance writer, editor and all-around web nerd who never met a pop culture reference she didn't like. The former editor of a parenting website, these days she shares a home office in the suburbs with her husband, two adorable boys, and two lazy cats. You can find her cracking jokes on Twitter @aliciamcauley and pinning projects for her to-do list on Pinterest.

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