Robert Munsch

Andrew's Loose Tooth

By Robert Munsch
Illustrations by Michael Martchenko

Ages 3 - 7
32 Pages
Scholastic Canada Ltd.
ISBN 9780590124355 Paperback
ISBN 9780439946155 Book and CD package
ISBN 9781443148559 E-Book (Read Aloud Edition)
Also available in French: Ma dent ne veut pas tomber!


"Yeow!" shouts Andrew. "Do something about my loose tooth. It hurts!" Andrew's dad breaks his pliers trying to pull that tooth. Andrew's mother can't yank it out, either. Both Andrew's dentist and the Tooth Fairy herself are stumped!
Finally Andrew's friend Louis comes up with a special tooth-removing remedy that requires plenty of pepper and a great big sneeze.

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About the story

Robert Munsch first told this story in Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, to a whole gym full of kids. The Grade 2 class was in the front and lots of the kids were missing teeth, so he made up a tooth story. He says it was not very good, but the kids liked it because they all had loose teeth.

He kept telling it for years and years, and the story got good without him even noticing it. Kids started asking, "When are you going to make the tooth story into a book?" Finally, Munsch decided to really listen to himself while he told the story and was happy to see that the not-very-good tooth story had turned into a really-very-good tooth story — in only ten years!

Munsch decided to use his son, Andrew, in the book. Louis, a friend of Andrew's, is also in the book. Louis is Greek and said it was OK to use him in the story, but only if Michael Martchenko put a Greek flag on his shirt.

Image credits

Image credits:

From Swamp Water. Text copyright © 2013 by Bob Munsch Enterprises Ltd. Illustrations © 2013 by Michael Martchenko. All rights reserved.

From Too Much Stuff! Text copyright © 2010 by Bob Munsch Enterprises Ltd. Illustrations copyright © 2010 by Michael Martchenko. All rights reserved.