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Booklist - 01/01/2016 A guessing game meets zoological dentistry in this informational picture book. Facts are on every page, starting at the beginning, with an introduction to types of human teeth. From there, the narrator invites readers to guess what type of mammal they’d be if, for example, “your top canine teeth grew almost all the way down to your feet.” A page turn reveals the answer: “A walrus!” The mammals range from the easily guessed, like an elephant, to the more obscure, such as the pangolin, which has no teeth at all. With playful text and a kid-friendly approach, this title’s cleverest part is the reinforcement of toothcabulary: kids will walk away with a comprehensive understanding of the difference between incisors, canines, and molars. Spookytooth’s full-color, collage-like illustrations show off a diverse group of kids with round, expressive faces and, of course, wide toothy smiles that, though maybe a bit unsettling when packed with animal chompers, will surely elicit some giggles. A great addition to any library where animal books are popular—so, almost all of them. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 01/01/2016 K-Gr 3—An engaging text invites readers to open wide and look in the mirror to see their three types of teeth (and maybe a bit of food, as in some of the illustrations). Big-headed cartoon kids are depicted with animal teeth in their giant, teeth-filled mouths, and the author asks questions such as "What kind of mammal would you be if your top and bottom canine teeth curled up out of your mouth so you had two pairs of tusks?" The following page provides answers. Readers also find out that horses, cows, and giraffes have really tall molars, as do sheep, goats, llamas, antelopes, deer, and zebras. Readers won't want to stop until they reach the last tooth. A brief overview of fish, amphibian, and reptile teeth complements the information on mammal teeth. VERDICT Playful and laugh-out-loud funny, this informative picture book belongs in every dentist office and library.—Frances E. Millhouser, formerly at Fairfax County Public Library, VA - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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