- Paperback: 40 pages
- Publisher: Square Fish; First edition (April 1 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780805072686
- ISBN-13: 978-0805072686
- ASIN: 0805072683
- Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 0.5 x 25.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 113 g
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Open Wide: Tooth School Inside Paperback – Apr 1 2003
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“Entertaining and amusing.” ―The New York Times
“A perfect gift for the dentist who has everything. Every waiting room (and library) needs a copy.” ―Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
“Both kids and grown-ups who split their sides.” ―School Library Journal
“Loaded with hilarious text, equally funny illustrations, and crazy side-comments and wise-cracks from assorted teeth, the net result is a book that clearly demonstrates that learning IS fun!” ―Kendal Rautzhan, syndicated columnist
“A book to delight both kids and adults.” ―Tricia Gardella, The Union Democrat
“Kids of all ages will love cavorting through the pages... Vibrantly illustrated and beautifully laid out.” ―Kids Book Review
About the Author
Laurie Keller is the acclaimed author-illustrator of Do Unto Otters, Arnie, the Doughnut, and The Scrambled States of America, among numerous others. She grew up in Muskegon, Michigan, and always loved to draw, paint and write stories. She earned a B.F.A. at Kendall College of Art and Design, then worked at Hallmark as a greeting card illustrator for seven-and-a-half years, until one night she got an idea for a children's book. She quit her job, moved to New York City, and soon had published her first book. She loved living in New York, but she has now returned to her home state, where she lives in a little cottage in the woods on the shore of Lake Michigan.
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The author has taken a boring, overvisited subject, that of oral hygiene, and dressed it up humourously, with a book that will have you laughing until you cry.
the illustrations are crude but hilarious. The "characters" in the book are wacky. This gets across the hygiene message very well, if the student can get past the humour to see the message, and get past the book's funky layout to absorb any information. Older picture book fans, perhaps age 5 and 6, and young readers will love this book. SOME younger children will enjoy it also, but the layout and style will be a tad overwhelming and confusing for the very young.
If you like _Dr. Dog_, by Babette Cole, you'll love _Open Wide, Tooth School Inside_. If the hilarious, chaotic, don't-mind-if-we-gross-you-out style appeals to you, I bet you'll like both _Dr. Dog_ and _Open Wide, Tooth School Inside_.
Incidentally, adult fans of this style of humor will love it too.
Kids will recognize many elements of the classroom setting here, including familiar "types" of students -- both dilligent and smarmy. The teeth learn their oral hygiene lessons from Dr. Flossman, but not without many a well-aimed pun and off-the-cuff wisecrack. A good dose of factual material craftily sneaks its way into all the silly stuff. Keller has a sure sense of what holds the interest of kids. I met her at a book signing, and she said she was inspired by Dr. Suess, among others, as a child. With this, her second book, she is well on her way to establishing herself as a children's author in the excitingly fresh tradition of her childhood idol. But her style is all her own.
Kids will cherish this book... if you allow them to pry it from your own hands. (By the way, tell your dentist about this one!)
The artwork is great, and Keller's highly non-linear style is still a big hit with my son. For me, though, the storyline doesn't quite gel. Very little is happening in "Open Wide: Tooth School Inside". Instead, we get a recitation of facts about teeth, with large doses of humor thrown in.
Don't get me wrong, Nebraska. It's still a good book, just not up to the greatness that was "The Scrambled States of America".
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