Theodore's tough talk bullies those around him. As he embarrasses Kristen, mocks Jonathon, and spreads rumors about the new kid, he not only hurts those around him, but isolates himself. As Theodore continues to talk recklessly, his dad warns, "Theodore, monitor your mouth's mutterings. If mean words continue to leave those loose lips of yours, you will use them all up " That next morning, Theodore wakes up to find himself terrifically tongue tied. Without his words, Theodore finds himself in a new, unfamiliar, and scary world. Only when Theodore is silent, is he finally able to see the uniqueness of those around him. In a world where words have the power to hurt and the power to heal, this book can be used as a tool to engage meaningful dialogue between children and the adults in their lives about the power they carry with them every day.