Albert's Impossible Toothache

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Parents and children alike will see themselves in this endearing tale of a small turtle’s struggle to be believed and understood - lovingly reintroduced for a new generation of readers.

When little Albert Turtle complains that he has a toothache, his father assures him that that’s impossible and points to his own toothless mouth. But Albert won’t get out of bed, and Mother Turtle begins to worry. Will Albert’s toothache ever go away? Even more...

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Overview

Parents and children alike will see themselves in this endearing tale of a small turtle’s struggle to be believed and understood - lovingly reintroduced for a new generation of readers.

When little Albert Turtle complains that he has a toothache, his father assures him that that’s impossible and points to his own toothless mouth. But Albert won’t get out of bed, and Mother Turtle begins to worry. Will Albert’s toothache ever go away? Even more important, will anyone ever believe him? First published thirty years ago, Barbara Williams’s familiar tale of miscommunication - and a wise grandmother who gets it right - is wonderfully animated by Doug Cushman’s colorful, humorously detailed illustrations.

When Albert complains of a toothache, no one in his family believes him, until his grandmother takes the time to really listen to him.

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Publishers Weekly
A young turtle complains of a toothache and nobody in his family believes him in Albert's Impossible Toothache (1974) by Barbara Williams, illus. by Doug Cushman. "I wish that he would remember he's a turtle," his toothless mother laments. When Grandmother Turtle visits, she gets to the bottom of things.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-Albert announces that he has a toothache, but no one believes him. Each time the toothless young turtle complains of it, his family members admonish him to tell the truth. Finally, Grandmother takes him seriously; she asks, "Where do you have a toothache?" and the truth is revealed. It is great to have a wonderful story come back into print with bright, colorful art. Although Kay Chorao's illustrations in Albert's Toothache (Dutton, 1974; o.p.) were charming, these larger, bolder watercolors make the book easier for group sharing. Whether the old version is still on library shelves or this is the first time that youngsters enjoy Albert's sense of humor, this title is a worthwhile addition to any picture-book collection.-Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763617233
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2003
  • Edition description: 1ST CANDLE
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Williams is the renowned author of numerous books for children, including ALBERT'S IMPOSSIBLE TOOTHACHE, which was originally published in 1974. She says, "I wrote this story and dedicated it to my daughter, Kim, a preteen hypochondriac, because I hadn’t believed her when she reported that she fell off the monkey bars at school on two consecutive days and broke both wrists." Barbara Williams lives with her husband, a retired professor.

Doug Cushman is the illustrator of several children’s books, including the best-selling WHAT DADS CAN'T DO, by Doug Wood. He has also written and illustrated some of his own. He says, "One of my early and major influences was the comic strip Pogo, set in the Okefenokee Swamp. When I read ALBERT'S IMPOSSIBLE TOOTHACHE, it just seemed a swamp setting would be perfect."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2010

    Highly recommended- you MUST check it out!!!!

    It's a GOOD book!! It's interesting for children. I guess it shows that sometimes children just want some attention from parents. I'd recommend it for parents to have for their children.

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