Braces hurt. Braces look funny. Braces are downright embarrassing. And just about the time you think they're going to feel normal, it's time to tighten them up again. Worst of all, most of us get braces just at that time of life when the last thing we want to do is to look conspicuous, to call attention to ourselves in any way. This new coming-of-age story employs storyteller Donald Davis' trademark descriptions and humor to address the question: is this worth all the pain and embarrassment?This selection also contains another Davis favorite, "Why I Live at the Beach", which recalls the time he talked his mother into letting him go to Myrtle Beach with his friends under the supposedly watchful eye of one friend's grandmother, who, Davis recalls, "was a better enabler than governor".For Adults and Young AdultsMore
A lovely violin piece introduces Davis's saga about a boy's life before and after he acquires braces in a small town in North Carolina. Davis captures each word to perfection, whether he's drawing out the word "braces" to make it sound like a bad word or telling the story about braces and teeth rusting together, which he delivers through clenched teeth. When the boy endures a plaster cast in preparation for his braces, the experience is dragged out in Davis's presentation. Adding to the mirth is a whimsical account of what could happen to a braces wearer during a thunderstorm. Everyone - even those about to get braces - will laugh at this most enjoyable visit to the dentist ever.
"Davis weaves his stories as a craftsman weaves fin fabric. There are no holes." (Lexington Herald-Leader)
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