The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy

illus. by Israel Sanchez. 32p. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine. July 2013. Tr $16.99. ISBN 978-0-545-24466-4. LC 2012013235.
K-Gr 2—Once, there were dinosaurs everywhere, and the Dinosaur Tooth Fairy had plenty of wonderful teeth to fill her coffers. But now, alas, they are gone and she spends her time polishing her collection in "the museum of truly old things." She's miserable and "alone, alone, alone." What she really needs is a new tooth and, suddenly, a little girl appears with a very loose one that pops right out. What luck! The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy follows the child to her house where, in a humorous series of events, the tooth is found under her pillow. Just as the Dinosaur Tooth Fairy is about to snatch it, she's interrupted by the human tooth fairy. Uh, oh! Will all be lost? Will the Dinosaur Tooth Fairy go back to the museum empty-clawed? Or will a new friendship be forged over this tooth? Brockenbrough's text is energetic and amusing, and Sanchez follows her lead with brightly colored, lively, gouache cartoon illustrations. The artist extends the text by including tiny images of the human tooth fairy and a spread of her missing the school bus that carries off the little girl. This story isn't quite as successful as Alison McGhee's Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth (Harcourt, 2004), but there aren't many books about this important rite of passage, and this one packs in plenty of fun.—Sharon Grover, Hedberg Public Library, Janesville, WI

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