20 May Review: What Happened to the Tooth Fairy? by Graham Gardner
What Happened to the Tooth Fairy?
By Graham Gardner
Illustrated by Nancy LeBlanc
March 15, 2014
Belle Isle Books
When Oliver loses his front tooth, he’s eagerly anticipating a visit from the tooth fairy. But when the tooth fairy doesn’t show, his excitement turns to worry. Did he do something to make her angry? Was she hurt? He checks with every member of his family, but no one has a clue where the tooth fairy might be. Oliver becomes so worried that he constructs a trap to capture the tooth fairy and find out why she didn’t take his beloved tooth. It’s time for a tooth fairy interrogation!
Of course, one silly boy can’t capture the tooth fairy, but when he awakens to find her standing on his pillow, she sticks around to answer some of his questions. She explains the numerous reasons why she might be delayed when he loses a tooth. Some are pretty obvious–too many kids lose a tooth in the same day, a kid stays up too late–but some are pretty ingenious. “Fairies are very sensitive. And if fairies are around with a child with a bad attitude, we can get the fairy flu. It can make us fairy, fairy sick!”
The tooth fairy continues her tales and fairy humor until Oliver falls back to sleep. When he awakens the next morning, she has fulfilled her fairy responsibility and replaced his tooth with four shiny quarters. He knows after their little chat they had the night before that if she’s ever late again, he has no reason to worry. He’s even thoughtful enough to write her a nice thank you note.
What Happened to the Tooth Fairy? features detailed watercolor illustrations to highlight each frame. There is an included secret message to decode, as well as a page with a tooth layout and blank areas to record the dates for each tooth lost. There is also a list of ages when a child is expected to lose each tooth. With the tooth records, it easily becomes a family keepsake. Plus, it’s educational. I can imagine this book in dentists’ offices everywhere.
Not surprisingly, the author, Graham Gardner, is an orthodontist, so he must be pretty fond of teeth. This is his second book. His first book, The Santa Beacon, was released in 2012.