The Underhills: A Tooth Fairy Story

Candlewick. Oct. 2019. 40p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9781536211122.
PreS-Gr 1–When their parents rush off to a molar emergency, the tooth fairy sisters April and Esme and baby brother Vincent are dropped off at their grandparents’ teapot house near an airport. Grandma receives a new call to pick up a tooth from young human girl named Akuba, who’s arriving from Ghana. Mom grants permission over the phone for her daughters to assist and despite the chaos of angels, cherubs, a forgotten coin, and general airport hubbub, the girls accomplish the mission. Both text and illustration beckon multiple reads with details like Grandma’s fairy cakes, Grandpa tying the baby’s leg to his own so the little one can’t fly off, even an obedient fairy dog to monitor the excitement.
VERDICT Graham again charms with the blend of reality and fantasy, leaving readers to wish for another tale of these “spirits of the air.”

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