- Author: Alison McGhee
- Illustrator: Harry Bliss
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Published: June 2008
- ISBN-10: 015206348X
- ISBN-13: 9780152063481
- Format: Paperback
- Size: 8.25 X 10.5 X 0.25
- Weight: 0.4 lbs.
- Subject: JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education
Our Price: $6.00
A first grader is frightened on her first day of school after hearing a rumor that her teacher is a 300-year-old alien with a purple tongue who steals baby teeth from her students.
A second-grader puts the willies into a first-day first-grader in this very fun mock thriller. "She might look human, but don't be fooled. She has a purple tongue. She craves earthling baby teeth." And, of course, our narrator, the self-same first-day first-grader, has got a loose tooth. Well, she isn't going to open her mouth on any account. Except she does and out pops the tooth; likewise, out pops a really nice first-grade teacher. McGhee keeps the dialogue crisp, bringing out the sweet gullibility of the first-grader and the second-grader's mischief-making. Bliss's artwork gives the story additional buzz, like a shot of espresso, in both the immediate interpretation and in a brilliant company of sly marginalia, hitting toothy notes that sit comfortably between Charles Schulz and Charles Addams. (Picture book. 4-7) Copyright Kirkus 2004 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
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