Buck is a beaver with just one front tooth—but it’s a big one!
Though Buck is an adorable beaver with a loving family and lots of talented friends, he is distracted and frustrated by his tooth. It gets in the way, making it hard for him to do just about anything. It’s talent-show time in Beaverton, and Buck and his buddies are finally old enough to compete in the big show. But what will Buck do? He has no idea. The only person in his family who looks like Buck is his uncle Henry, a sculptor who uses his one tooth to great advantage. Everyone thinks that Buck should follow in his footsteps, but Buck wants to find his own way. Things get really interesting when Buck decides to pull his tooth out, leading to squeamish scenes with a doorknob and a pile of unshelled walnuts. When Buck surrenders to his true talent, he finds happiness, too. Buck’s situation is just silly enough for young readers, who worry about teeth and just about everything else, to laugh at, raising this above the many other books about self-acceptance that populate the shelves.
Lots of sight words, full-color cartoon illustrations, easy-to-read speech bubbles, humor, and lots of likable characters add up to a surefire hit for new readers. (Early reader. 4-8)