Open Wide: Tooth School Inside by Laurie Keller is a fun and funny introduction to teeth.
Open Wide: Tooth School Inside follows a single day in a classroom of teeth. When Mr. Flossman takes attendance, all 32 teeth are present, and take the pledge:
'I pledge allegiance to this mouth and to the dentist who takes care of us. And to the gums on which we stand, strong and healthy, with toothbrushes and toothpaste for all.'
The day progresses with an anatomy lesson, which covers the dentin, enamel, and pulp, a report by Sally Incisor on primary teeth, and even a guest appearance by the tooth fairy. At lunch, the food flies during a food fight, and after it’s over none of the teeth really feel like brushing. However, a detailed lesson about the horrors of tooth decay inspires a flurry of brushing, flossing and gargling.
The colourful collage style illustrations featured in this book, along with the funny asides between teeth and other humorous details you may miss the first time around, make this book a great read for adults and kids alike.