Title: The Toothless Fairy
Author: Timothy Jordan
Illustrator: Matt LaFleur
Publisher: Night River Press
Date published: August 1, 2015
Page Count: N/A
E-copy of the book kindly provided through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Summary: More than anything, the Toothless Fairy wants to have a friend she can play with, but she feels unlovable as she has only one tooth. She is lonely and sad and feels she can’t make friends, because she will scare them away. When Halloween comes around, she notices that the kids are not afraid of all the scary costumes out there and she realizes, maybe this is her chance to find a way to make a friend. She comes up with a brilliant plan and that is how a new Halloween tradition begins.
I liked that this book was something different. And I also liked that it tackled a subject that I have not yet seen tackled before. While some would argue that parents’ struggles with their children’s intake of candy after Halloween, is not as important an issue as others, I will argue that with the rise in child obesity, this is an excellent book to be putting out on the market.
While the book’s lesson mainly focuses on Halloween and what it is about (friendship, and celebrating those who have passed, rather than just candy), it contains lessons which can also be applicable to candy-intake on any other day of the year.
The toothless fairy is toothless, a side-effect of her excessive eating of candy. She is also friendless for the first portion of the book. Once she discovers that there are things which are more important than candy, however, things start looking up for her.
I enjoyed the illustrations in this book, and I think that children would appreciate them too, and the wording was concise. There were not too many words on each page, as well as not to few, and the rhyming went well with the story’s theme, while also adding rhythm (whether read silently as I did, or read out loud).
When (not if) I will have to talk to my kids about their Halloween candy and the consequences involved in eating too much of it, I will most certainly consider using this book, in hopes that they will learn from the toothless fairy’s mistakes, and keep their teeth, as well as their social lives, healthy.
I recommend this book to parents, as well as adults who may believe that they have a candy-eating problem, or have lost sight of the more important things in life.