Tooth Trouble (Ready, Freddy! Series #1)

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Freddy Thresher has a problem -- a really, really, big problem. He's the only one in his class who hasn't lost a tooth! All of the other students in Mrs. Wushy's first grade have signed their names on the Big Tooth, and Freddy's determined to get his name on it, too. So when Max "The Meanie" Sellars calls Freddy a baby, Freddy decides he's going to lose that tooth one way or another, even if it means getting in big trouble -- with Mom! Meet Freddy Thresher, a boy who has a nose for trouble and a last name that's ...
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Freddy Thresher has a problem -- a really, really, big problem. He's the only one in his class who hasn't lost a tooth! All of the other students in Mrs. Wushy's first grade have signed their names on the Big Tooth, and Freddy's determined to get his name on it, too. So when Max "The Meanie" Sellars calls Freddy a baby, Freddy decides he's going to lose that tooth one way or another, even if it means getting in big trouble -- with Mom! Meet Freddy Thresher, a boy who has a nose for trouble and a last name that's made him an expert on sharks. You can learn more about sharks, too, in Freddy's Shark Journal at the back of the book. And see if you can find the word "fin" hidden in every picture! Hey, everybody! It's time to get ready for Freddy!

Unhappy to be the only one in his class who still has not lost a tooth, first-grader Freddy tries to find a way to expedite matters but then is faced with another problem.

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This slim debut tale in the Ready, Freddy! series introduces first grader Freddy Thresher, who is infatuated with sharks. But in the forefront here is another of the young narrator's obsessions: losing his first tooth. The only kid in his class who still has all his baby teeth, Freddy takes a futile stab at yanking his tooth out via the slapstick string-tied-to-tooth-and-doorknob method. Since he "can hardly even tie [his] own shoes," he plans to tape the string to his tooth; when his mother interrupts, Freddy stashes the tape and string in his mouth-a scenario whose potential humor falls flat. Plan B: the lad picks a fight with the class bully, hoping a punch in the mouth will loosen a tooth. In an anticlimactic finale, Freddy loses his tooth while eating ice cream-and swallows it. Relentless name-calling among Freddy's classmates and between the boy and his older sister grows tedious, as do heavy doses of inconsequential dialogue. Klein follows up her fiction with a page of shark facts, a Mad Libs-type activity and instructions for making a tooth pillow for the Tooth Fairy. Graphite drawings play up the broad humor. Kids able to sink their teeth into this may want to check out the series' second tale, The King of Show-and-Tell (ISBN 0-439-555970-3), due the same month. Ages 4-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Freddy Thresher detests being the only kid in his class who has not lost a tooth. He feels like a loser, especially since his teacher, Mrs. Wushy, has the students who have lost their baby teeth that month write their names up on the Big Tooth. Freddy devises schemes to knock out his tooth. First, he wraps his tooth around a string and ties it to a door knob. Then he tries to entice Max, the class bully, to punch his tooth out. After these two attempts fail, Freddy gives up—only to have his greatest wish granted when he least expects it. This benign chapter book resorts to stock characters and situations, and never manages to be a deeply felt character-driven comedy. Freddy's relationship with his older sister, Suzie, consists of a series of insults that are meant to be funny, such as Ding-Dong Stinky Head and Dog Breath. Mother is a neat freak and best friend Robbie is reduced to being a science genius. However, the illustrations by John McKinley are full of fun and warmth. For humorous, primary-school boy antics, stick with Suzie Kline's "Horrible Harry" series. 2004, The Blue Sky Press, Ages 4 to 8.
—Hillary Homzie
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439555951
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/30/2004
  • Series: Ready, Freddy! Series , #1
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Abby Klein was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and has been a kindergarten and first-grade teacher for more than twenty years. She and her husband, two children, and four dogs live in Williston, Vermont.

John McKinley has been drawing all his life. He is the celebrated illustrator of the Ready, Freddy! series. He and his family live in Northern California.

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Table of Contents

1. The Only One 9
2. Five Ways to Lose a Tooth 19
3. The Door Disaster 26
4. Plan B 39
5. Get Ready ... Get Set ... 47
6. The Fight 55
7. Hard, Crunchy Things 57
8. I Give Up 65
9. Is That a Nut? 72
10. Dear Tooth Fairy ... 81
11. The Big Tooth 85
Freddy's Fun Pages 91
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2010

    Kids who lose a tooth

    The story has a good theme of representing everyday challenges of getting along with others and sharing your life with them. Also, the reality that every child faces stressful situations, whether or not adults think they should or shouldn't get stressed. The story can provide time for talking with kids or just let the story do the teaching of life lessons.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2009

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    Great series!!!

    I am a second grade teacher and after reading Ready Freddy Turkey Trouble aloud to the class they are begging for more. They are so excited about reading. If you like Ready Freddy you may also like the Jake Drake series.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2009

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    Great for young readers!!!!!!

    my 7 year old loves the Ready, Freddy! Books they are very easy and fun for him to read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2005

    Ready, Freddy! Series are wonderful books!

    I have a 7 year old that needs help with reading. He wasn't really interested in books until we found this series. He is willing to read now because these books are so funny! I highly recommend this series to anybody that is struggling to get their kids interested in reading. These books will do it! Thanks Abby! Keep writing these awesome books!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2005

    WOW!!

    Our 9 year old has trouble reading and he doesn't like to. Or should I say didn't like to now he is hooked and his reading is improving everyday. He comes to us and asks to read. Thank Abby.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Ready Freddy#1

    What a cool book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Freddy is a shark noob!

    Jimmy biscuits

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2012

    Great!

    My 4 year old is just starting to get bored with picture books. He says that some of them are for babies. So I introduced him to Ready Freddy, and he absolutly loves him. He gets mad when we can't finish the book in one night.
    I enjoy reading these books to not only him but my first and second graders. Because it shows that they are not the only ones who have problems with nightmares and homework and things such as thoughs. The author shows the reader how other childern their age are dealing with the same problems. She also shows them how its ok to talk to their friends and family about stuff becuase they are there to help.
    My son and I really enjoy these boooks and look foward to reading the rest together.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Its a good book

    Poeple you will love it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    I HATE READY FREDDY

    FREDDY IS AN IDIOT

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Highly recommended!!

    My 1st grade son loves all the Ready Freddy! We have read them all and are re-reading.
    Very age appropriate. Some books for his age are frighting. If you like this book, Try Appleville Elementary books. 1st graders can read these on their own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2011

    Great for early readers!

    This series is perfect for early readers. My son began reading at four-years-old and quickly ran out of books that were age appropriate in subject matter but still challenging for his reading level. He is five now and I am so glad to have stumbled across this series. The author does use words like "stupid" and referrers to a lot of name calling (which is still a little taboo in pre-school and kindergarten) but I think it adds to the thrill of reading for him. He is very entertained and seems to comprehend everything that is happening in the plot, whereas the "Flat Stanley" series seemed to be a little over his head. We will definitely be buying more of these books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2005

    Awesome

    I was looking for the first chapter books for my 6 years old. And found Ready Harry 'tooth trouble ' and my little one read it in three hours straight. Did not need my help to read it. Loved it, couldn't stop reading it. The story was really funny and I could hear him laugh. I guess he could relate because himself wanted to have a loose tooth since most of his friends had a tooth fairy encounter. Now he wants me to buy the whole serie for him. What is nice is that at the end of the book your child can write a story, found a clue word hidden in the drawings and you even have a craft to do with your child. That was my first review ever but I think it will help you if you have a smart kid who loves to read and you want his reading to be challenged in a fun way. This is it.

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