Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth

Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth

Fall 2004 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 7 yrs.
Author: Alison McGhee
Illustrator: Harry Bliss
ISBN: 0-15-204931-2
Hardcover Price: $16.00
Starting first grade is a pretty big deal—but even more so when your teacher is a three-hundred-year-old alien who steals kids' baby teeth to send back to her home galaxy. Such is the urban legend perpetuated by second graders in Alison McGhee's funny and, ultimately, reassuring new book. The story is aimed squarely and humorously at children who are just starting to get their first loose teeth. It also addresses the nervousness that many children feel when they start "real" school. Harry Bliss's ink and watercolor illustrations include silly background details; the comical expressions on the children's faces often suggest the agony of Charlie Brown and company. An enjoyable read for wiggly-toothed kids, parents and teachers (alien or not).
Zarina Mullan Plath   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Zarina Mullan Plath has undergraduate degrees in both biology and English. Her interests include cookbooks/culinary history, South Asian literature (especially in regards to South Asians in America), and, of course, children's literature. Her poetry is included in the anthology Sweeping Beauty (U. of Iowa Press, 2005). Zarina lives in Central Illinois with her husband, two children, and assorted pets.

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