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All your own teeth
Geoghegan, Adrienne.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, 2001.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Stewart wants to be a real artist and takes the early morning bus to the jungle to paint wild animals.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 57951.
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PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Oversize
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Stewart wants to be an artist, but he's bored with the things he paints at home. So off to the jungle he goes, in search of a wild animal to paint. Several animals offer to pose, but stuck-up Stewart finds something wrong with all of them. Soon Stewart has insulted every animal in the jungle-except one. When a crocodile with a great big toothy smile comes along, Stewart finds his perfect model, but the crocodile seems to have other things in mind. . . .Readers and jungle animals alike will cheer when Stewart the prickly painter finally meets his match in this cleverly told and strikingly illustrated cautionary tale.

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Booklist Review

Ages 5-7. What happens to arrogant little boys who treat others with contempt? In this rollicking morality tale, they get their comeuppance big-time. Stewart fancies himself an artist. A double-page spread displays his paintings, which are all as awful as his picture of a duckbilled Mona Lisa. Stewart blames his models. Seeking a perfect one, he goes to the jungle and posts an ad: "Must have all your own teeth and a nice big smile." One by one, he cruelly rejects an elephant, a cheetah, and a giraffe. Then along comes a model Stewart likes--a crocodile who has all his own teeth and a dazzling grin. Except for the ending (the croc gobbles Stewart up), which may shock very young listeners, this book holds its sides with fun, and Gale's cartoony collages, with crayon scribbles, bits of paper, and lots of painted pattern, maintain a high laugh level. --Connie Fletcher

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this odd but visually enticing parable from a British team, a confident pint-size painter named Stewart goes in search of the "perfect model." Taking a taxi to the jungle, he posts a sign: "WANTED: Hansum wild animal to sit still for painting. Must have all your own teeth and a nice big smile." But every animal fails to measure up to his aesthetics. "G is for Giraffe, and G is for Graceful," says one candidate, to which the boy responds, "With a neck like that, you are far from graceful." Finally Mr. Crocodile coerces him into portraiture and promptly eats him. It may be challenging for young readers to conclude what moral this draconian resolution illustrates. Stewart himself lacks the rakish charm of a full-fledged enfant terrible. Gale's collage and mixed-media illustrations, however, buoy up the volume considerably. Incorporating everything from Russian invoices to a canine parody of van Ecyk's The Arnolfini Wedding, they possess a cheeky lan. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-Stewart the Painter is Perfect, but since his pictures are not, the youngster packs his bags and boards a bus to the jungle in search of a "real model." An elephant, cheetah, giraffe, and hippopotamus respond to his ad for a "Hansum wild animal" with his "own teeth and a nice big smile." The artist spurns each creature for the characteristics that make it unique (but imperfect for his purposes). When a crocodile (with a lovely smile) queues up, the petulant painter becomes, well, a picnic. Children will delight in the justice served up in this cautionary tale. The quirky, mixed-media collages are a visual feast of notebook paper, maps, rubber stamps, foreign receipts, magazine clippings, and checks-all cleverly combined with a brilliant palette of painted backgrounds and figures. The alliteration and letter play add to the fun. Older readers will be entertained by details such as the childlike imitations of famous paintings, the changing scenes on the teapot, and a reference to a popular board game. This British import is perfectly preposterous for groups large or small.-Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.