Rotten Teeth

Rotten Teeth


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Speaking in front of the class isn't easy for small people like Melissa Herman. Especially when there's nothing very special to say about her house or her family or herself. But with the help of her older brother, Melissa borrows a bottle from her father's dental office to take to show and tell. The teacher is appalled, but the children are intrigued. David Catrow's hilariously zany illustrations reveal that there is nothing ordinary about Melissa Herman, or her house or her family. The bright artwork is laugh-aloud funny and will have children begging to hear the story again, or maybe invent their very own tale.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618250783
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 08/26/2002
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 600,912
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.16(d)
Lexile: AD740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Laura Simms really did bring a bottle of rotten teeth to school for show and tell. And she really did discover she could tell good stories. Now an internationally known storyteller, she has performed and taught in major festivals, symposiums, and conferences around the world. She started the first storytelling programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History. When she isn’t touring the country telling stories, she lives in New York City.

David Catrow is an editorial cartoonist and the illustrator of more than seventy books for children, including the New York Times bestseller I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! and I Like Myself!, both written by Karen Beaumont, Dozens of Cousins by Shutta Crum, Plantzilla by Jerdine Nolen, and Rotten Teeth by Laura Simms. He lives in Ohio. Visit his website at

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Rotten Teeth 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
shaberstroh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great illustrations by David Catrow! Melissa can't find anything interesting to bring to show and tell, but check out the pictures in this book and you will find lots of things that she could have brought to school. Pair this with a nonfiction book during February - Dental Health Month.
chris.coelho on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Rotten Teeth" was a fantastic book written by Laura Simms, and illustrated wonderfully by David Catrow. The story is about a shy girl named Melissa. Melissa, though shy, wanted to bring in something fantastic for Show and Tell. All the other students brought in interesting things, and Melissa felt the need to match them. Melissa asked her brother Norman for help. Norman had the grand idea of taking a jar of rotten teeth from their father's dentist office, which was located inside the home of Melissa and Norman. Melissa then took the rotten teeth to school the next day for show and tell. When it was her turn to show, she froze momentarily. She eventually blurted out, "Rotten teeth! They're rotten teeth.". She went on to give a fantastic presentation of her rotten teeth. She found out that day that she was really, really good at telling stories. All of the kids loved her show and tell, and the class even voted her show and tell the "most memorable" at the end of the school year. Overall, "Rotten Teeth" was a fantastic children's book, and even in my adult age, I find it to be amusing and interesting.
madamepince on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Funny for adults, for kids, hit or miss. The illustrations are terrific.