Katie has a loose tooth as does her friend JoJo. They try to get the tooth to fall out with no luck. Everyone in Katie's class has lost a tooth except her! She hopes that maybe while playing soccer the ball might hit her teeth and knock out the loose tooth. She hopes her dance class might be able to loosen this tooth. Katie begins to despair of ever losing her tooth until she visits Pedro's puppy. The loose tooth prompts a visit from the Tooth Fairy! Beginning readers can identify with Katie's eagerness to have a tooth fall out. The book ends with explanation of words that might be difficult to define and some writing prompts. A treat recipe and an opportunity to go online for more fun are also included. This particular adventure with Katie could have been stronger if the additional activities promoted good dental hygiene or discovery about teeth. However, fans of Katie Woo books may not mind this and can enjoy Katie's efforts with her loose tooth. The book's purple cover and flowers may appeal more to female beginning readers but anyone that wants a tooth to fall out can enjoy reading about Katie's efforts. Part of the "Katie Woo" series. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
Fran Manushkin is the author of many popular picture books, including Baby, Come Out!; Latkes and Applesauce: A Hanukkah Story; The Tushy Book; The Belly Book; and Big Girl Panties. There is a real Katie Woo — she's Fran's great-niece — but she never gets in half the trouble of the Katie Woo in the books. Fran writes on her beloved Mac computer in New York City, without the help of her two naughty cats, Chaim and Goldy.
Tammie Lyon began her love for drawing at a young age while sitting at the kitchen table with her dad. She continued her love of art and eventually attended The Columbus College of Art and Design, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Fine Art. After a brief career as a professional ballet dancer, she decided to devote herself full time to illustration. Today she lives with her husband, Lee, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her dogs, Gus and Dudley, keep her company as she works in her studio.