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WHAT IF YOU HAD ANIMAL TEETH? by Sandra Markle

WHAT IF YOU HAD ANIMAL TEETH?

By Sandra Markle (Author) , Howard McWilliam (Illustrator)

Age Range: 5 - 9

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-545-48438-1
Publisher: Scholastic

What if an animal’s teeth grew into the space where you lost your two front teeth?

Markle chews on this interesting question in this compelling combination of imagination and fact. Spread by double-page spread, she introduces animals with unusual choppers, from the beaver’s iron-coated orange incisors to the camel’s worn-out stubs, and explains what they’re used for. Or, in the case of the narwhal’s single tusk, points out that scientists don’t yet know. On the left-hand side of each spread, photographs of the animals emphasize their teeth. On the right, a human child is portrayed with that animal’s teeth. These film-animation–style illustrations reinforce the fantasy aspect and feature a diverse range of children. A black-haired boy in flip-flops lifts a car with his elephant tusks. A girl in a wheelchair picks up soup noodles with her flexible, naked-mole-rat front teeth. The text is presented in small chunks—a paragraph of description and a toothy fact on one page facing a paragraph about what you could do with such teeth. The reading will be a challenge for the intended audience, but the subject so compelling they won't be able to resist. A backpack-wearing boy with dark-framed glasses and dripping fangs greets a rattlesnake on the cover.

Irresistible. (Informational picture book. 5-9)