Clarabella's Teeth

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Rosie, Max, Liam, and Zoe are painting pictures, playing games, and having lunch, but Clarabella the crocodile can’t join them. She’s busy brushing her teeth—and it takes a long time because crocodiles have so many teeth! After she misses a whole day’s worth of activities, her friends surprise her with a giant crocodile-size toothbrush. Tomorrow Clarabella will be able to brush her teeth and have fun, too. Very young children will enjoy meeting the engaging animal friends who brush their teeth so cheerfully. ...

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Overview

Rosie, Max, Liam, and Zoe are painting pictures, playing games, and having lunch, but Clarabella the crocodile can’t join them. She’s busy brushing her teeth—and it takes a long time because crocodiles have so many teeth! After she misses a whole day’s worth of activities, her friends surprise her with a giant crocodile-size toothbrush. Tomorrow Clarabella will be able to brush her teeth and have fun, too. Very young children will enjoy meeting the engaging animal friends who brush their teeth so cheerfully. Bright, bold, funny illustrations accompany this simple and spirited story, which highlights an important dental routine.

Clarabella the crocodile cannot play with her friends because she is busy brushing her teeth--and crocodiles have lots of teeth!

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Editorial Reviews

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"energetic and sprightly...bright, bold pastel illustrations....a fun choice to share with a group. Sure to provoke toothsome grins." KIRKUS Kirkus Reviews

"...thick, saturated pastels contribute to these endearing inhabitants of a whimsical world... appealing preschool-esque cast...clever punch line...worth re-reading." Publisher's Weekly Publishers Weekly

"Clarabella's friends are true blue...effectively presented in an easy, repetitve text and lively, distinctive illustrations...energetic and richly hued" THE BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"amusing story about...brushing...teeth and...helping a friend...animals are playfully illustrated...quirky and bright artwork...eye-catching and funny." SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
Mastering dental hygiene proves to be a difficult task for Clarabella, a crocodile with a high-maintenance mouth. Long after her animal friends put down their toothbrushes and move on to other activities (the carefree nature of their fun underscored by an ample use of white space), Clarabella is still toiling away in her rather claustrophobic bathroom. "She brushes and brushes and brushes and brushes her crocodile teeth," accompanies a portrait of the green heroine with a hilarious "How much longer?" look of frustration. When poor Clarabella finally finishes, her friends are heading home to bed-just as soon as they have brushed their teeth. This prompts a sigh from Clarabella, "a L O N G crocodile sigh." Vrombaut's thick, saturated pastels contribute to these endearing inhabitants of a whimsical world, including a pink-striped zebra, a leopard with aqua and purple polka dots and a teal monkey who drinks a milkshake from a curly straw. Their tyke-size ingenuity saves the day and promises a plethora of playtime for their friend Clarabella tomorrow. The appealing preschool-esque cast and the clever punch line make this a one-joke tale worth rereading. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
It is time to get up and the monkey, zebra and rabbit are brushing their teeth. Clarabella the crocodile is brushing her teeth too. It is playtime and the other animals are having fun. Poor Clarabella is still brushing all of her crocodile teeth. Now it is lunchtime and all of the animals are enjoying their food. Poor Clarabella is still brushing her teeth, there are so many. It is tumble time and the other animals are leaping, spinning and bouncing up and down. Clarabella has finally finished brushing her teeth and is ready to play. Where are her friends? They are getting ready for bed. They start brushing their teeth again. It has taken Clarabella all day to brush her teeth. She can't bear the thought of starting all over again. Ruby the rabbit has a good idea. She gives Clarabella a crocodile toothbrush big enough to brush all of her teeth at once. Very colorful illustrations portray an assortment of charming characters. 2003, Clarion Books, Ages 6 to 10.
—Kristin Harris
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PreS-An amusing story about the importance of carefully brushing your teeth and the satisfaction gained by helping a friend. When Clarabella, a crocodile, and her friends wake up, they start the day by brushing their teeth. The monkey, the zebra, the rabbit, and the leopard get the job done quickly while Clarabella "brushes and brushes and brushes" all of her teeth. Her friends play, have lunch, build sand castles, nibble ripe mangoes, and leap and spin around. As they move through their day, the question, "And Clarabella?" tempts readers to turn each page. By the time she is ready to join the fun, the other creatures are getting ready for bed. Poor Clarabella sighs, but then her friends surprise her with a large toothbrush. Delighted with her gift, the young crocodile turns her sigh into a big smile. The animals are playfully illustrated; the zebra sports pink and purple stripes, the monkey is done in green and purple, the rabbit is bright red with a green outline, and the leopard has green spots. This quirky and bright artwork, executed in pastels, is eye-catching and funny.-Linda L. Walkins, Mount Saint Joseph Academy, Brighton, MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In the morning, Clarabella’s friends, Ruby Rabbit, Liam Leopard, Max Monkey, and Zoe Zebra, brush their teeth and are ready to play. But Clarabella is a crocodile and has many, many teeth to brush. Playtime and lunchtime go by and Clarabella is still brushing. By tumble time she’s finally finished, but now her friends are getting ready for bed--and it’s time to brush teeth again. Then Ruby has an idea, and the friends surprise Clarabella with a crocodile-sized toothbrush. Vrombaut studied animation, a fact evident in her style of energetic and sprightly images and bright, bold pastel illustrations. Cleverly designed, with the text frequently moving with the actions, the double-paged spreads alternate between scenes with the friends, prominently set out on white backgrounds, in counterpoint to Clarabella, on full-bleeds that are vibrantly colored and full of details. A question at the end of each spread that describes what the friends are doing, asks, "And Clarabella?"--inviting a response from preschoolers. That participation opportunity, plus the clarity of the contrast of vivid colors against white, makes this a fun choice to share with a group. Sure to provoke toothsome grins. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618333790
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/25/2003
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.88 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

An Vrombaut studied animation at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium and at the Royal College of Art in London. She has worked in animation studios and is the creator of the popular children's television series "64 Zoo Lane" in the UK. She has also illustrated several picture books; Clarabella's Teeth is her first for Clarion. Ms. Vrombaut lives in London.Visit her website at www.vrombaut.co.uk

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