Tooth Trouble (Ready, Freddy! Series #1)

Tooth Trouble (Ready, Freddy! Series #1)

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by Abby Klein
     
 

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Watch out, Junie, there's a new kid on the block! It's Freddy Thresher, a first grader who knows it's a jungle out there. A new chapter book series written by an elementary teacher who's seen it all! 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…  See more details below

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Watch out, Junie, there's a new kid on the block! It's Freddy Thresher, a first grader who knows it's a jungle out there. A new chapter book series written by an elementary teacher who's seen it all! 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 punched in the face at recess, or even bigger trouble, with Mom!

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Publishers Weekly
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:
9780545324656
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Series:
Ready, Freddy! Series , #1
Sold by:
Scholastic, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
342,801
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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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