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Wibble wobble
Moss, Miriam.
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Publication Information:
Wilton, CT : Tiger Tales, 2001.
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
William is the only one is his class who doesn't have a loose tooth story, until finally he loses his first tooth and when he goes to get it from the teacher, it's not there.
Reading Level:
AD 250 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 52584.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.6 2 Quiz: 32018 Guided reading level: K.
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Everyone in William's class has a loose tooth story. Louie can make his loose tooth spin round and round. And Rosa's fell down the toilet when it came out. William finally gets a loose tooth and he can't wait for it to come out. When the tooth does pop out, William's teacher wraps it in a tissue and puts it away in a safe place. But when it's time to go home for the day, his tooth is missing! William finally has a good loose tooth story to share with his friends. Wibble Wobble is a great story for anyone who's ever had a loose tooth!

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5-7. William longs to have a loose tooth just like all his friends. When he finally gets his wish, he joyfully wiggles it, but it doesn't fall out until he is performing a somersault at school. His teacher wraps it in a tissue to keep it safe and puts it on top of the filing cabinet. But during the school day, another child grabs the tissue to clean up some paint. When William's mother comes to pick him up from school, the teacher learns the tooth is missing. Then everyone sets out on a search. Mockler's brightly painted illustrations, somewhat reminiscent of Quentin Blake's, suit the story's innocence as they convey the disappointment and the excitement of the situation as well as the joy when all turns out well. This colorful, energetic picture book captures the childhood anticipation of joining the group by having that first loose tooth. --Kathy Broderick

Publisher's Weekly Review

With unadorned yet comically lurid prose, British author Moss seems to channel the six-year-old mindset with this tooth saga. At first, nothing in the mouth of hero William wants to budge: his "teeth seemed stuck, superglued to his gums." The author never minces words, and the result is gross, hilarious and true-to-life. She fearlessly describes "loose tooth stories" starring teeth that twist "round and round," fall into toilets and even get stuck up noses. Finally, William tells his teacher, "My tooth moved! I felt it!" Debut artist Mockler's full-bleed and panel illustrations capture the up-for-grabs ambience of an elementary school classroom. At the same time, her childlike cartoon style tempers the obsessiveness of the hero, and insures that the goings-on stay on the sunny side even as the drama (which includes an accidental discarding of William's finally detached tooth) unfolds. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-William loses a tooth in class, recovers it from the trash, and uses the silver-dollar reward to buy an ice cream with "little colored candies stuck all over it, layers of chocolate, and chewy toffee in the middle" that causes another tooth to loosen. The hero's trail to success also describes a classmate's tooth in the toilet, another tooth up a nose, and one stuck in an ear. The dialogue, though true to characters' ages, seems bland. Mockler's illustrative debut enhances the text with brightly colored cartoons in a style reminiscent of early Charles Schulz. The multicultural classroom crew engages readers with friendly expressions, but the plot ambles along, flurries into activity, then lapses back into a slow pace, making for an uneven read.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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