Friday, February 24, 2017

On the Loose! How to Catch the Tooth Fairy by Adam Wallace

I'm the Tooth Fairy, Yes, I am!
And every single night,

I collect 300,000 teeth
While staying out of sight.

The tooth fairy is one proud practitioner, whisking away those unneeded baby teeth. Out with the old. In with the new!

And then there's that baby-tooth bonus, the money the Tooth Fairy leaves in exchange for the cast-off tooth.

But some kids won't settle for just taking the cash from the switch. Those kids, the same ones who also hide behind the sofa to sneak a peak at Santa Claus, often try to capture the Tooth Fairy. On this night there is a girl called Julie and a boy named Sanjeev who think they've got the perfect Tooth Fairy trap ready and waiting.

Every trap that's set for me
is sure to be defeated.

A trap of floss?
That's Julie's loss!

And Sanjeev? He can forget it! Kids 0, Tooth Fairy 2!

Many kids will try, but the Tooth Fairy continues to ply her trade with impunity, in Adam Wallace's How to Catch the Tooth Fairy (Sourcebook/Jabberwocky, 2016). Artist Andy Elkorn's illustrations show great charm and inventiveness, from cozy interior bedtime scenes from many perspectives to blue-black twilights in which the lively fairy surfs her way to work on a toothbrush.

And don't forget to pair this one with Wallace and Elkorn's hit for more March merriment, How to Catch a Leprechaun.



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