"You'd have thought the DFEE would have been able to count how many copies it needed," fumes one head to the Diary - in between attempts at scrounging copies from fellow schools for a training day. An inquiry to the department's press office produces a heavy sigh.
"Yes, we are reprinting," says a lugubrious voice. "We printed 300,000 copies and they all went in six weeks. We based the print run on the literacy strategy, which took a whole year to sell 360,000 - we're a victim of our own success.
"It's available in full on our standards website," he adds, helpfully.
The good news: 200,000 more copies will soon be rolling off the presses. A quarter will be ready by July 12, with the rest out by the 16th - just in time for lucky teachers to take them off to read on the beach.