TOOTHLESS WONDER by Barbara Park

TOOTHLESS WONDER

From the "Junie B., First Grader" series
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 7 - 10

KIRKUS REVIEW

“Good news, people!” Junie B. has lost her first tooth and she is the first person in Room One to reach this milestone. Is Junie B. excited? Well, yes and no. First, she is excited about sharing the news, and the bloodstained spit cup, with her classmates. But, she is concerned that she will end up like Sheldon’s toothless Uncle Lou. Then, she imagines that she will look so different that no one at school will recognize her. And there is the little matter of the Tooth Fairy. See, Junie B. knows “stuff about the fairy, that’s why.” The “truth” is perfectly clear to her and seems so logical coming out of her mouth: the Tooth Fairy is really a Tooth Witch who collects teeth to EAT. Her mother challenges Junie B.’s emphatic explanation of the tiny cheek-pinching Tooth Witch flying on her toothbrush. But Junie B. has no patience for her mother’s dense thinking. “I rolled my eyes way up to the ceiling. ’Cause sometimes I have to explain everything to that woman.” Sassy and perceptive Junie B. is growing up, and Park’s first-person narrative improves as her character ages. Junie B. has been listening to adults and loves to add grown-up words and colloquialisms to her speech. The reader is treated to words like “fascinating, reaction, pleasure, occasional, festivities and ‘that’s another can of worms.” Junie B.’s swarms of young fans will continue to delight in her unique take on the world and her exasperation with the well-meaning adults in her life. A hilarious, first-rate read-aloud for the first-grade classroom. (Fiction. 7-10)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-375-80295-9
Page count: 96pp
Publisher: Random House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2002




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