Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Review - Fancy Nancy and the Too-Loose Tooth

Fancy Nancy and the Too-Loose Tooth (Fancy Nancy)
by Jane O'Connor
illustrated by Ted Enik
Date: 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins
Reading level: C
Book type: picture book
Pages: 32
Format: e-book
Source: library

Nancy absolutely must have her first tooth fall out at school. That way she will be sure to receive the special tooth-holder necklace from the school nurse. But when Nancy's tooth starts wiggling at home, she is worried she might lose it before class. How can Nancy make sure her loose tooth falls out at school?

(synopsis from Goodreads)

Fancy Nancy and her friends are at an age where teeth are falling out like crazy. When Nancy's friend Lionel loses a tooth at school, the school nurse gives him a little plastic tooth necklace to keep his tooth in. Of course, when Nancy sees it, she desperately wants one of her own... but you only get the tooth necklace if your tooth falls out at school. So Nancy does everything she can to keep her loose tooth in place when she's at home. She eats soft foods. She doesn't talk. She tries taping it in place. She sleeps with her mouth open.

But the next day, she loses her tooth on the way to school. She gets the coveted necklace, but the victory feels hollow. She isn't sure she deserves it because her tooth didn't technically fall out at school. I like how Nancy's dilemma with her conscience is shown, and how the problem is eventually resolved.

The pictures are cute, as usual. (There aren't nearly enough deely boppers depicted in children's literature.) This is one of those stories that pretty much everybody over the age of six will be able to relate to, even if their school didn't hand out cool tooth necklaces!

Quotable moment:

Premise: 3/5
Meter: n/a
Writing: 3/5
Illustrations: 4/5
Originality: 3/5

Enjoyment: 4/5

Overall: 3.5 out of 5

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