FICTION

Tallulah the Tooth Fairy CEO

Farrar. Jul. 2019. 40p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780374309190.
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K-Gr 2–Tallulah isn’t your normal tooth fairy; she’s the CEO of all the tooth fairies! With her cool hand at the helm of her organization, everything runs smoothly until a child loses a tooth meant for retrieval, and Tallulah must find a solution. The first half focuses on her jet-setting persona and her weekly routine, which includes going to art museums and getting drinks with Mrs. Claus, while the second half reads more like a traditional picture book. While it’s refreshing to see a woman of color not only represented as a classic fantasy figure, as they are often depicted exclusively as white, but also as a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur, arguably the text could have focused more on the plot and less on establishing the character. Still, parents will smirk at the gentle jabs to corporate culture that the book references. Illustrations are smooth and give a sleek modern feel to the piece, with images of teeth hidden throughout.
VERDICT A fun, solid addition to contemporary fairy tale collections

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