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The Last Loose Tooth

Random. Sept. 2020. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593121443.
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Gr 2-4–Lou and his 19 brothers and sisters are baby teeth, which means they all eventually have to leave home to make room for the adult teeth. Each of Lou’s siblings begin leaving the mouth in ways befitting their personalities. A loudmouth named Cary, for example, who was rotten to the core, was yanked from the mouth three days after Halloween. Eventually, Lou, who is too scared to leave, is the only baby tooth left. Growing tired of hanging out with the boring adult teeth, he works up the courage to fall out. A little girl (the owner of the mouth in question) then places him in a special box to await the tooth fairy who comes to take him to the “Great Land of Teeth” where he excitedly reunites with all his siblings. This humorous comic book/picture book hybrid is told from Lou’s point of view, with character dialogue appearing in word bubbles. Illustrations rendered in pen, ink, and watercolors comically depict the unique personalities of each of the 20 baby teeth.
VERDICT This is a fun and humorous take on tooth loss that is sure to be a relatable hit with those facing their own inevitable dental coming of age.

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