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Losing a first tooth is a memorable milestone in the life of a young person. Markle uses this universal experience to pose a relevant, though slightly unsettling, scientific inquiry: “But what if an animal’s teeth grew in, instead?” In a fashion germane to her audience, she presents interesting animal trivia via examples and common happenings in their own lives—for example, if you had naked mole rat teeth, you could operate them separately like chopsticks. McWilliam’s huge-jawed illustrations, such as a young Inuit fishing with a narwhal tusk or a frustrated student mowing through his math book with a beaver’s orange-colored incisors, are somehow both hilarious and terrifying. Meanwhile, photos of open-mouthed animals accompany the text. Though perhaps not the best choice for the nightmare-prone, this will surely satisfy animal enthusiasts and trivia lovers, and dentists and parents will appreciate the mention of ways to keep human chompers healthy. Grades 1-3. --Erin Anderson

About the Author

Sandra Markle is the author of more than two hundred children's books, which have won numerous awards, including Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book, IRA/CBC Children's Choice, NSTA/CBC Outstanding Trade Books for Children, NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended, and ALA Notable Books for Children. She lives in Florida.

Howard McWilliam is the illustrator of I NEED MY MONSTER, by Amanda Noll, and WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN, by Jodi Moore. Howard left his career as a U.K. magazine editor and journalist in 2005 to concentrate on his growing career as a cartoonist and illustrator. He has won various awards and competitions for his work and has been published in a wide range of U.K. magazines and newspapers, including THE DAILY TELEGRAPH and THE WEEK. He lives in Kingston Upon Thames, England, with his wife, Rebecca.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 930L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (February 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545484383
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545484381
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leeanne Gowen on April 8, 2013
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The book was great for working with first graders and persuasive writing. They enjoyed the pictures and the facts of each animal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sweetitarian on March 18, 2013
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This book is very engaging - especially relevant for kids just starting to loose their teeth. The animals include traditional selections such as an elephant and lesser known animals like a naked mole rat. The format has a good rhythm - the left page talks about the unique features of the animals' teeth, and the right page shows an illustration of what a child would look like with that animal's teeth. It's a good length; a variety of examples with colorful illustrations and a succinct amount of text on each page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WTGGG on April 12, 2013
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Super cute book for a loose tooth "tooth fairy" book...most of those types of books appeal to girls, this one is great for boys and girls! Good easy and educational read. My son's front teeth were coming in when we read it, he read it everyday that week and I took it to school for guest reading!
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I love this book and so do my kiddos! We read the story and then we did a writing sample where the children choose what kind of animal teeth they wanted and why. I had different samples of the different kinds of teeth and they glued them to their head at the top of the writing sample. The book was really cute and informational. This is a great informative-narrative if you are looking for one!
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My kids love this book! It's an excellent way to teach them a little about nature, stir the imagination, and just have fun with the kids. My son's favorite page is the girl who imagines what it would be like to have the teeth of a shark. She has a huge smile with a mouth full of jagged sharp teeth (the effect is funny, not scary), and she's about to make a fortune putting teeth under her pillow for the Tooth Fairy (you know, because sharks are always losing their teeth, and there is always another tooth behind it, ready to move forward). Clever stuff.
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This book is great to look at and includes very accurate information about animal mouths and teeth.Great way to learn about animal adaptions while comparing with our own mouth and teeth.
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My four year old was first introduced to this series at her preschool class, and she is fascinated by these books. They are informational yet silly, with both exaggerated illustrations and real-life photography. I feel like she's learning something and satisfying her curiosity, and she loves it. It is still a little too informational and gets boring for my 2-1/2 year old boy.
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Fun premise and great facts for kids. Illustrations are well done in the book. Freaked them out a little bit though.
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