Academy Award–winning actress and New York Times bestselling author Julianne Moore brings us more adventures from Freckleface Strawberry! Everyone’s favorite red-haired seven-year-old has a loose tooth! And if it comes out at school, she gets a special prize from the nurse. But what if it doesn’t budge before the bell rings? Kids who are at the stage of wiggly teeth will laugh along as they read this light and funny story about Freckleface’s pursuit of the ultimate loose-tooth prize.
With predictable sentence patterns, simple words, frequent repetition, and bright, colorful illustrations, this is a new Freckleface Strawberry book that young readers can read all by themselves!
In the third early reader featuring Moore's redheaded heroine (following Backpacks! and Lunch, or What's That?), Freckleface Strawberry is eager to lose her first loose tooth so long as it happens at school, where the nurse will give her a tooth necklace like the ones her classmates have. Moore stages the action over four brief chapters, employing simple sentences and repeated phrases ("She did not want to lose it in her room. She did not want to lose it in the kitchen"). But while Freckleface's eventual decision to take matters into her own hands provides a needed jolt of fun, the story and characters' personalities feel quite muted. Ages 4 6. Author's agent: Brenda Bowen, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. Illustrator's agent: Linda Pratt, Wernick & Pratt Agency.