Title: Pete’s Magic TeethAuthor: Ann Tate
Published Date: 2019
No. of Pages: 24
ISBN Paperback: 978-1-64133-607-9
ISBN eBook: 978-1-64133-606-2
Available Formats: Paperback, eBook
A short children’s story about one of many woes of a child’s everyday life, “Pete’s Magic Teeth” is about a boy who doesn’t want to brush his teeth.
Always tired of having to brush his teeth, Pete wishes he didn’t have any teeth. He wishes for them to be gone and they magically disappear. After living through the small tribulations of not having teeth, such as having a hard time eating breakfast or feeling self-conscious during picture day, he wishes for his teeth back and values the importance of having teeth. The simplicity of the art, such as the use of colored pencils and two-dimensional design, and the vivid coloring choice, seen through the sparkling starbursts and bordering toothpaste motif, help create the world of Pete’s magical teeth. Even the red, gummy smile that Pete sports will certainly give children a good laugh. Along with the illustrations, the typesetting is large and easy to read. The word choice and sentence structure are simple and suitable for children, such as the internal rhyme with “Pete” and “teeth,” complementing the overall theme about teeth.
The author has worked at a nursery for over a decade and has been published in two dozen anthologies. With Ann Tate’s experience with children, she knows how to create fun and light-hearted short stories for children.
The story tells the importance of having teeth. With a conclusive happy ending, the story emphasizes the value of having teeth, whether it’s for cosmetic reasons like smiling or basic needs like eating, “Pete’s Magic Teeth” will most certainly be enjoyable for children.