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Tooth trouble




Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Inc., 2004.
Physical Description:
95 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Series title(s):
Unhappy to be the only one in his class who still has not lost a tooth, first-grader Freddy tries to find a way to expedite matters but then is faced with another problem.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader blank 3.3 1.0 83158.

Reading Counts K-2 1.8 4 L.
Added Author:
Electronic Access:
Table of contents http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0413/2003021861.html


Call Number
J Klein, A.

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Watch out, Junie, there's a new kid on the block! It's Freddy Thresher, a first grader who knows it's a jungle out there. A new chapter book series written by an elementary teacher who's seen it all!

Freddy Thresher has a problem: a really, really, big problem. He's the only one in his class who hasn't lost a tooth! All of the other students in Mrs. Wushy's first grade have signed their names on the Big Tooth, and Freddy's determined to get his name on it, too. So when Max "The Meanie" Sellars calls Freddy a baby, Freddy decides he's going to lose that tooth one way or another, even if it means getting punched in the face at recess, or even bigger trouble, with Mom!

Author Notes

Abby Klein was born in Los Angeles, California. She received her teaching credentials at Dartmouth College, where she majored in psychology and education, and her master's degree in reading and language development at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has been a kindergarten and first-grade teacher for more than fifteen years in the Los Angeles area. She is a teacher-leader in her district and has presented numerous staff development workshops for the district and her school on reading, writing, and literacy. She writes the Ready, Freddy! series.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Publisher's Weekly Review

This slim debut tale in the Ready, Freddy! series introduces first grader Freddy Thresher, who is infatuated with sharks. But in the forefront here is another of the young narrator's obsessions: losing his first tooth. The only kid in his class who still has all his baby teeth, Freddy takes a futile stab at yanking his tooth out via the slapstick string-tied-to-tooth-and-doorknob method. Since he "can hardly even tie [his] own shoes," he plans to tape the string to his tooth; when his mother interrupts, Freddy stashes the tape and string in his mouth-a scenario whose potential humor falls flat. Plan B: the lad picks a fight with the class bully, hoping a punch in the mouth will loosen a tooth. In an anticlimactic finale, Freddy loses his tooth while eating ice cream-and swallows it. Relentless name-calling among Freddy's classmates and between the boy and his older sister grows tedious, as do heavy doses of inconsequential dialogue. Klein follows up her fiction with a page of shark facts, a Mad Libs-type activity and instructions for making a tooth pillow for the Tooth Fairy. Graphite drawings play up the broad humor. Kids able to sink their teeth into this may want to check out the series' second tale, The King of Show-and-Tell (ISBN 0-439-555970-3), due the same month. Ages 4-up. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Horn Book Review

In Homework, first-grader (and shark expert) Freddy must find a nocturnal animal for a school report; in King, he worries that he has nothing to bring for show-and-tell; and in Tooth, Freddy is the only one in his class who has not yet lost a tooth. The predictable stories and black-and-white illustrations depict believable characters. Endnotes include related activities and shark facts. [Review covers these Ready, Freddy! titles: Homework Hassles, The King of Show-and-Tell, and Tooth Trouble.] (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

Newcomer Klein brings her own experiences as a teacher to the page in the voice of Freddy Thresher, a nervous first-grader. Through his inconsistent and rather unbelievable voice, Freddy tries to tread the territory better-trod by Junie B. Jones, Russell and Elisa, and the young Amber Brown. When Freddy's best friend Robbie loses a tooth at school and gets to sign the Big Tooth, Freddy realizes he is the lone first-grader waiting to lose his first tooth. Mrs. Mushy, the teacher, is surprisingly insensitive to Freddy's emotions. His older sister is downright cruel, causing Freddy to scream, "LEAVE ME ALONE, YOU DING-DONG STINKY HEAD!" Though this overly dramatic story rings less than true, young readers will enjoy searching for the word "fin" hidden, Al Hirschfeld-fashion, in the delightful illustrations. "Fun pages" include how to make a tooth pillow, a MadLib-like story, and shark facts. Still, pedestrian fare for the ready-for-chapter-book set. (Fiction. 6-9) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Table of Contents

1. The Only Onep. 9
2. Five Ways to Lose a Toothp. 19
3. The Door Disasterp. 26
4. Plan Bp. 39
5. Get Ready ... Get Set ...p. 47
6. The Fightp. 55
7. Hard, Crunchy Thingsp. 57
8. I Give Upp. 65
9. Is That a Nut?p. 72
10. Dear Tooth Fairy ...p. 81
11. The Big Toothp. 85
Freddy's Fun Pagesp. 91