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Issue Details: First known date: 1986... 1986 One Shot Toothpaste
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'A dentist tells one of his patients the story of how he became a dentist in spite of wanting to be a dustman: one of his neighbors, despite being nearly toothless, always had his bin full of toothpaste which he tested on locked-up animals. This toothpaste is supposed to make sure people never have to clean their teeth again, but has a horrible taste. The old man gets a taste of his own medicine and transforms into a giant tooth, which the patients think becomes the dentist's sign. The story ends with the dentist telling a similar story to another child of how he became a dentist in spite of wanting to be a ballerina, revealing that the story is made up.' (

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    y separately published work icon Unbelievable! : More Surprising Stories Paul Jennings , Ringwood : Penguin , 1986 Z668660 1986 selected work children's fiction children's humour "Stare if you dare, into Paul Jennings' wild world. What happens when you grow younger? Where do ghosts sit their exams? How would you cope if a million birds did it on you? Where did the eyes in the bottle come from? Nine stories that you would never dream of." (Source: Trove) Ringwood : Penguin , 1986 pg. 7-15
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    y separately published work icon Paul Jennings' Funniest Stories Paul Jennings , Camberwell : Penguin , 2005 Z1231159 2005 selected work children's humour

    To celebrate 20 years of stories by Paul Jennings, this is a collection of his funniest work. Hand-picked by Paul, each book contains around 25 stories from the "UnCollected Series" and "Tongue-Tied".

    Camberwell : Penguin , 2005
    pg. 47-56
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