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The Tooth Fairy Wars

written by Kate Coombs
illustrated by Jake Parker

Atheneum Books for Young Readers, New York 2014
ISBN-10: 1416979158 / ISBN-13: 978-1416979159
(For readers ages 4 to 8)

When Nathan lost his first tooth, his mother told him to put it under his pillow. "The Tooth Fairy will come get it, and she'll leave you a dollar!"

"I don't want to," said Nathan. "It's my tooth, and I'm going to keep it forever."

"Hmm," his mom said. "I guess that's okay."



Honors and Awards

Maryland Black-eyed Susan Award Nominee, 2015–2016


From the Publisher

It's the Tooth Fairy against Nathan, a boy who'd rather keep his tooth than get the cash, thank you very much!

Nathan's lost his first tooth! And he's thinking he'll hold on to it, so thanks-but-no-thanks, Tooth Fairy. This is one tooth that is staying with its owner.

Except the Tooth Fairy has other ideas. And we're not talking about some run-of-the-mill garden fairy here. No, this is the Tooth Fairy. She's on a tooth procurement mission—and she's not about to let some little boy get the best of her.

But she may have met her match in Nathan. . .


From the Critics

from Booklist

In this whimsical picture book, Nathan battles an annoyingly officious fairy over possession of his baby teeth. . . . The scenes move swiftly through the page turns, while the richly detailed illustrations add humorous touches. Nathan's creativity and perseverance will inspire other problem solvers, and his final victory will resonate with children facing that momentous first loose tooth. An engaging, original spin on this celebrated rite of passage.
Reviewer: Kathleen McBroom


from Kirkus Reviews

Far more interested in the teeth than the money, Nathan ingeniously hides each fallen chopper—to no avail, as his assigned tooth fairy is just as determined to collect them. . . Clad in formal office togs and topped with a 'do that wouldn't dare show even a hair out of place in Parker's comically detailed digital paintings, the tiny tooth fairy positively oozes bureaucratic severity. But Nathan outlasts her and even a squad of thuggish enforcers euphemistically dubbed "Tooth Experts" from the 15th League of Enchanted Commerce. . . The increasingly stern official missives from the tooth fairy are depicted in typescript on letterhead in the illustrations. While children are unlikely to have encountered communications of this ilk on their own behalfs, they will likely have seen their grown-ups tearing their hair out over similar ones—and their grown-ups will enjoy them thoroughly.

Go, Nathan! Stick it to the Man. . . er, Fairy.


from School Library Journal

Most children are eager to exchange their lost teeth for money from the Tooth Fairy. Not Nathan, who wants to keep all his baby teeth "forever." Thus begins a series of skirmishes between a determined boy and an equally obstinate Tooth Fairy... Digitally colored pencil drawings reveal the escalating battles and the ultimate victor in the war of wills. The humorous story of Nathan, his baby teeth, and a Tooth Fairy just trying to do her job will have children laughing as they attempt to guess who will triumph in the end.
Reviewer: Maryann H. Owen


from The Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

This author and artist have cleverly portrayed the obvious moral "persistence wins." Children of all ages will get it. They may not agree with Nathan's obsession over collecting all the grubby little baby teeth, but it's easy to cheer on all his zany attempts to defeat the Tooth Fairy.

Author Kate Coombs' carefully crafted storyline lends itself to emotion and action, both of which illustrator Jake Parker augments in pencil and digitally colored illustrations.
Reviewer: Marilou Sorensen


 
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