THE VERY BEARY TOOTH FAIRY by Arthur A. Levine

THE VERY BEARY TOOTH FAIRY

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Age Range: 3 - 5
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A young bear with a very loose tooth anticipates the visit of the mysterious, exciting and petrifying tooth fairy.

Being an obedient bear, Zach knows to stay away from humans; as his mother says, “They are dangerous and unpredictable.” One day, he wanders near a campsite and hears a young boy and his mother talking about a visit from the tooth fairy. Zach proceeds to ask his sister, Leah, and his friend, Harrison, about this night visitor: Just what kind of creature is this tooth-fairy, anyway? A human? Through the mischievous gift of a caramel from Leah, Zach’s tooth indeed falls out, much to his terror. It will be a long night of waiting to see if the tooth fairy is truly “dangerous and unpredictable.” Attentive readers will be rewarded by this tale of curiosity and redemption. Levine creates an emotional cliffhanger for the very young, supported by clever watercolor illustrations of a nearly parallel universe between the boy and the bear. The suspense of the plot shines bright, but the visual magic lasts. And although the story is about Zach, it is Leah who becomes magical. “A bear can be anyone,” says Zach’s mom. “And anyone can be a bear.” 

Inspiring and clever, this story captures the simple joy and limitless possibility of belief. (Picture book. 3-5)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-439-43966-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2013




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