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Tooth Trouble (Ready, Freddy! Series #1)

Tooth Trouble (Ready, Freddy! Series #1)

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by Abby Klein, John McKinley

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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


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!

Editorial Reviews

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.
Children's Literature
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

Product Details

Scholastic HRDerbacks
Publication date:
Ready, Freddy! Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)
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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Tooth Trouble 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Best book ever I recomed it for ages 6+ because it teaches children on how to behave any where at anytime and your child will learn that some times its okay to do things wrong but not all the time it is right to do things you cannot do. I hope you can belive me because im only 16 and still read these books and my mom and dad read these bpoks to me when i was very little and sometimes I got in trouble by messing up my moms room up so this book encouraged me to not do things wrong , and it helped that not always its okay to to things wrong but this book will tickle your funny bone but this is a very very good book Abygail Maxwell Age 16
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stupid. Where's their brain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want to duy this book so can somedody tell me wats it adout
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a cool book!
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
my 7 year old loves the Ready, Freddy! Books they are very easy and fun for him to read
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jimmy biscuits
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poeple you will love it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!