Rotten Teeth

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Aug 26, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
Speaking in front of the class isn't easy for small people like Melissa Herman. Especially when there's nothing very special to say about her house or her family or herself. But with the help of her older brother, Melissa borrows a bottle from her father's dental office to take to show and tell. The teacher is appalled, but the children are intrigued. David Catrow's hilariously zany illustrations reveal that there is nothing ordinary about Melissa Herman, or her house or her family. The bright artwork is laugh-aloud funny and will have children begging to hear the story again, or maybe invent their very own tale.

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User Review  - NicoleMahlum - LibraryThing

I adored this book! I was able to make connections between Melissa and myself at her age. Like Melissa, I was nervous when it came to speaking in front of my classes and wasn't always confident when ... Read full review

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User Review  - KelseyAnnB - LibraryThing

This was a cute book. It reminded me of a lot of things from my own childhood, and I really loved the illustrations. Read full review


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About the author (2002)

Laura Simms really did bring a bottle of rotten teeth to school for show and tell. And she really did discover she could tell good stories. Now an internationally known storyteller, she has performed and taught in major festivals, symposiums, and conferences around the world. She started the first storytelling programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History. When she isn’t touring the country telling stories, she lives in New York City.

David Catrow is an editorial cartoonist and the illustrator of more than seventy books for children, including the New York Times bestseller I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! and I Like Myself!, both written by Karen Beaumont, Dozens of Cousins by Shutta Crum, Plantzilla by Jerdine Nolen, and Rotten Teeth by Laura Simms. He lives in Ohio. Visit his website at

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