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Sweet Tooth
     

Sweet Tooth

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by Margie Palatini, Jack E. Davis (Illustrator)
 

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Lots of kids have a sweet tooth. But not like Stewart's. His very loud sweet tooth wants what it wants, when it wants it...and lets everyone know about it.
Stewart's sweet tooth screams for cake at weddings, for candy during class, and torments him at the movies. Stewart has had enough, and he's bringing out the big guns — a carrot.
Can he stand up

Overview

Lots of kids have a sweet tooth. But not like Stewart's. His very loud sweet tooth wants what it wants, when it wants it...and lets everyone know about it.
Stewart's sweet tooth screams for cake at weddings, for candy during class, and torments him at the movies. Stewart has had enough, and he's bringing out the big guns — a carrot.
Can he stand up to the most annoying sweet tooth in history?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In an interesting twist to the familiar story about how annoying it is to deal with an obstinate, demanding child, Palatini (who teamed up with Davis for Bedhead) puts the shoe on the other foot by fashioning a pint-size hero with a nagging sweet tooth. If Disney were to make a film about tooth decay, The Tooth might sound as if he's channeling Danny De Vito playing Snidely Whiplash: "Blah. Blah. Blah. Enough with the yakkin'. I need a candy bar. Now-ow!" Young Stewart gets in trouble with his teacher, his family and his friends because of the whining villain. "Those chocolate bunnies never had a chance," the boy explains about his obnoxious behavior. "It was The Tooth." Davis fills his hilarious watercolors with delectable details-bedposts shaped like hot fudge sundaes, dandy candy store wallpaper-and when Stewart decides to take control of his bullying bicuspid by going on a healthy diet, Davis pictures The Tooth waving his porcelain fists as Stewart shovels in peas and broccoli. In desperation, the hero finally aims a carrot that looks suspiciously like a dentist's drill at the wiggly tooth ("Kid! No! Not the carrot!)," and Stewart blissfully turns him over to The Tooth Fairy. Palatini and Davis here cook up a deliciously sly story that will likely satisfy a craving for lively fun. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
In this story, the second collaboration between the writer and the illustrator of Bed Head, we meet Stewart, a young lad with one very demanding, very vocal tooth. Stewart's sweet tooth is a mean and ornery looking molar with a mind of its own and a yearning for goodies that keeps Stewart's life in constant turmoil. When the tooth shouts out a longing for cake at a wedding, Stewart's family is embarrassed to watch as he shoves hunks of the rose trimmed cake into his mouth. The tooth's inappropriate outbursts result in Stewart being sent to the principal's office for detention and being shushed at the movies. When Stewart disgraces himself on Easter, he knows something has to be done and he attacks the problem with the best weapon he can think of—good food. He begins with peas, or as the tooth refers to them, "little dry green veggie marbles," but eventually he has to get even tougher in the battle with his evil and nasty looking tooth. The clever premise and amusingly gross illustrations will appeal to kids. 2004, Simon and Schuster, Ages 5 to 8.
—Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-Stewart is an "average, everyday kid" with a talking molar that inevitably lures him into trouble. At his cousin's wedding, the tooth demands a large chunk of cake, and when the boy crams it into his mouth, his parents deny that he's their son. At school, its clamoring for candy causes the boy's teacher to send him to the principal's office yet again. He foists off blame with the predictable phrase, "It's The Tooth!" The illustration adds to the hilarity as the molar peeks out of the boy's mouth with an impish and belligerent smirk, its fist raised in apparent anger. Throughout, the mixed-media cartoon artwork extends the comedy of Palatini's text and enriches her characterization of Stewart. In one spread, readers look down on him as he lies on the floor with a stomachache after raiding an Easter basket. This scene adds visual interest with a change in perspective, showing only the feet of his family members-even the paws of the cat-clustered around the sick boy. When Stewart finally tells his molar that he's switching to a "Healthy diet," Davis uses rosy red to perk up the palette and show the youngster's new determination to win the war with the tooth. Finally, Stewart extracts it with the help of a big carrot and the Tooth Fairy administers justice in an upbeat ending. With a rollicking text and charming illustrations, this adventure is a scrumptious delight.-James K. Irwin, Nichols Library, Naperville, IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The creators of Bedhead (2000) score again with this uproarious tale of a lad beleaguered by a aggressive sweet tooth with an attitude that's anything but sweet. Stuck with a bad rep thanks to a molar given to bellowing out "I NEED A CANDY BAR. NOW-OW!" at inopportune moments, Stewart finally starts to fight back, switching to vegetables and, when the grouchy grinder refuses to knuckle under, pulling out the ultimate weapon: a raw carrot. A few crunches later, out comes the offending tooth, off to become a headache for the Tooth Fairy. Decorating his scenes with arrays of tempting junk food, Davis illustrates the oral onslaught with views of a grimacing tooth waving tiny fists from the mouth of a moon-faced, pop-eyed child. Readers fond of the wordplay and anatomical humor of Richard Egielski's Buz (1995) will bite happily. (Picture book. 6-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689851599
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
08/10/2004
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
246,333
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
AD390L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Margie Palatini is the author of many celebrated children's books, including Lousy Rotten Stinkin' Grapes, The Three Silly Billies and Earthquack!, all illustrated by Barry Moser, as well as Sweet Tooth and Bedhead, both illustrated by Jack E. Davis. She lives with her family in New Jersey. Visit Margie at margiepalatini.com.

Jack E. Davis was senior art director with a a large ad agency before becoming a children's book illustrator. Among the books he has illustrated are Bedhead by Margi Palatini, Metro Cat by Marsha Diane Arnold, Music Over Manhattan by Mark Karlins, and the ongoing series The Zack Files by Dan Greenburg. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington, and has three sons and two cats.

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Sweet Tooth 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is probably meant more for pleasure reading but I incorporated it into my nutrition lesson. My 4th graders loved it!
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My younger students completely related to this story---they are all having their teeth fall out. However, none of them were interested in having a tooth that gets you into trouble. This book sparked a discussion on "healthy food", dental health and teeth that talk--enter the world of fiction. I plan to feature this book during my school's Write and Read All Day activities. There is something for everyone in this book and its illustrations.
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