Thursday, July 5, 2018

How to Trick the Tooth Fairy by Erin Danielle Russell, illustrated by Jennifer Hansen Rolli

Kaylee is a girl who loves to pull pranks - on everyone. Dropping water balloons on passing kids, scaring a sibling at night, or even marbles on the floor for Santa Clause, no one escapes the princess of pranks. So naturally, when she loses her first tooth, it seems to her that the Tooth Fairy is fair game for a prank. Little does Kaylee know that the Tooth Fairy has a few tricks up her own sleeves, too.

But wait, has the Tooth Fairy finally met her match when she comes to collect Kaylee's first tooth and find a fake frog under her pillow instead?

Nope, the Tooth Fairy simply turns that fake frog into a roomful of real frogs. Now, it is game on for Kaylee. Apologizing, Kaylee offers the Tooth Fairy a slice of pie - laced with hot sauce, and in return, the Tooth Fairy sends gobs of gooey ice cream Kaylee's way. Prank meets escalating prank until...

Can these two tricksters ever find a way to become partners in pranking? Or even better, just friends?

Kaylee is a charming protagonist, with a twinkle in her big brown eyes and mischief on her mind, and she is the perfect foil for the mischievous blue-eyed, wing-wearing Tooth Fairy. The pranks are all in good fun, even if pretty far-fetched, but then again, we aren't dealing with reality here.

Each time Kaylee pranks the Tooth Fairy, Russell repeats the phrase "Now, if you prank the Tooth Fairy with...." Kids will soon catch on, repeating it along with whoever is reading the book to them. I know this to be so, because I've read it enough times to kids who have done just that. These are kids who have either just lost their first tooth or are about to, and they really found this battle of the tooth tricksters a lot of fun.

Ok, my kids didn't like it when Kaylee filled Oreos with dog toothpaste. They thought people toothpaste would have been muc better but best would have been to just eat the cookies.

Jennifer Hansen Rolli's oil painted illustrations on brown paper in a palette of pastels with lots of pink add to the whimsical nature of the story, and the kids liked exploring each page before it was turned.

I wouldn't recommend this as a bedtime story, even though night is when the Tooth Fairy shows up. There lots of action and it is the kind of story that doesn't relax kids, but gets them pretty excited. So, I suspect for us, and maybe for you as well, this will be a book that is read over and over during the summer when there's lots of time for daytime reading.

This book is recommended for readers age 4+
This book was sent to me by the author

1 comment:

  1. I have the granddaughters right in the midst of tooth fairy business, so will see if I can find this for them. It sounds like the right kinds of silly!


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