Tabitha's Terrifically Tough Tooth

Tabitha's Terrifically Tough Tooth

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by Charlotte Middleton
     
 

Tabitha has a loose tooth. Her dad says that soon she'll get a visit from the Tooth Fairy, but there's just one problem. Her tooth won't budge any farther. She has tried everything to make it come out, from bouncing on a trampoline to putting on musicand dancing around the room. But it seems that nothing will dislodge her terrifically tough tooth. This is a warm… See more details below

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Tabitha has a loose tooth. Her dad says that soon she'll get a visit from the Tooth Fairy, but there's just one problem. Her tooth won't budge any farther. She has tried everything to make it come out, from bouncing on a trampoline to putting on musicand dancing around the room. But it seems that nothing will dislodge her terrifically tough tooth. This is a warm and witty story that will make children smile a big toothy (or toothless!) grin as they identify with this familiar rite of passage.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Tabitha's stubborn tooth isn't merely dangling from her top of her mouth it's literally cantilevered over her lower lip. Every attempt to coax it free fails, but just when it looks like the Tooth Fairy will be giving Tabitha's house a pass that night, the girl erupts with an explosive sneeze, and out pops the tooth. The payoff comes on the final page: a tiny tooth fairy alights on Tabitha's bed. British debut author/artist Middleton gives this oft-told story new life with full-bleed, mixed-media illustrations handsomely rendered in sapphire, russet and grassy green. Her cartoony style masks its own sophistication with childlike touches, e.g., the colors don't quite reach the penciled borders on her figures. She creates movement with gestural lines and via surprising views, as in a spread about Tabitha jumping on a trampoline, with the girl represented only by her toes as the rest of her flies out of range. By composing almost every one of the pictures along a single plane and virtually eliminating any background detail, Middleton accentuates Tabitha's appealing gangliness. And Tabitha's faithful sidekick, Henry, is a little jewel of cat a plump, orange fellow whose deadpan expressions wittily embody feline solicitude. Ages 4-8. (May) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Whimsical illustrations add to this story of a troublesome tooth that just will not fall out. Tabitha has a loose tooth and her dad tells her if she puts the tooth under her pillow, the Tooth Fairy will leave her money. Tabitha cooks up all sorts of ingenious plans to get that tooth to fall out, and her orange cat participates in all of her schemes. Tabitha dances until she is exhausted and she jumps on her trampoline, but the tooth keeps hanging in there. When she ties one end of a string to the tooth and the other to a tortoise, the tortoise falls asleep. Sticking bubble gum to her tooth and to the door doesn't help either. Her most outrageous plan involves her Dad's Venus flytrap plant. Tabitha hopes it might become a Venus toothtrap plant. Finally, in an unexpected way, Tabitha's tooth pops out and Tabitha's gap-toothed smile expresses her happiness. Kids will easily relate to this enjoyable story. 2001 (orig. 2000), Phyllis Fogelman Books/Penguin Putnam, $12.99. Ages 4 to 8. Reviewer: Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-A welcome debut. Tabitha tries to help her wobbly tooth fall out, but nothing works. Dancing only makes her tired; with a string tied around its middle, her tortoise takes two steps and falls asleep; her dad's Venus flytrap captures-a fly. Fed up and out of ideas, Tabitha realizes, "There'd be no visit from the Tooth Fairy tonight." Then, she sneezes, and out pops her tooth. At the end, her outstretched arms and grin say it all, with only a note to the Tooth Fairy, "Please take care of my tough tooth." The understated yet focused text captures the desire, determination, and disappointment that can surround this powerful event in a child's life. While the text provides the content, the illustrations add the pizzazz. Each two-page spread is bold and aggressive, with solid expanses of deep, muted colors. White is used to a minimum, effectively allowing Tabitha's teeth to reign supreme. A free-flowing black line delineates each image. Although Tabitha's dad talks to her, no adults are depicted; her fat cat plays a central supporting role, watching or participating in every scene to deadpan comic effect. This book, with its focus front and center on Tabitha's dangling dilemma, creates an invigorating, warm experience for readers.- Martha Topol, Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City, MI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Middleton's quirky debut features a spunky heroine and her troublesome, tenacious tooth. Attracted by her father's tales of a fairy bearing money, Tabitha is overjoyed when she discovers her first loose tooth. Although the recalcitrant tooth wriggles promisingly, it does not fall out. Undeterred, Tabitha concocts some extraordinary schemes to relieve herself of it. Alas, her wacky attempts-which include lassoing a tortoise and tying the string to her tooth, vigorous bouncing on the trampoline, and endeavoring to attract the attentions of a Venus flytrap-all fail to eject the stubborn thing. Desolate and dejected, Tabitha resigns herself to a night without a visit from the Tooth Fairy when a renegade sneeze propels the tooth from her mouth. Middleton's hilarious tale is just the right prescription for children apprehensively awaiting the loss of their own first tooth, and they'll be too busy giggling over Tabitha's escapades to ponder their own anxieties. The offbeat illustrations perfectly complement the text; simple, flat drawings whose bright colors deliberately overlap the lines are set on oversized pages, allowing full range for giant open mouths or off-the-page trampoline bounces. Accompanied by her faithful feline, Tabitha is as much fun to watch as she is to read about. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803725836
Publisher:
Dial
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Series:
Phyllis Fogelman Books Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.42(d)
Lexile:
AD450L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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