A fun read for every young practical jokester who fantasizes about meeting their match.

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HOW TO TRICK THE TOOTH FAIRY

A trickster girl goes head-to-head with the Tooth Fairy in this wild tale by a co-author of the Dork Diaries.

Kaylee, a brown girl with big, curly hair, is a “prank princess in training,” always finding opportunities to prank people with anything from masks and water balloons to Oreos filled with dog toothpaste. But the “ruling prank princess” is the Tooth Fairy, a white, pink-haired fairy with a mischievous grin and scheming green eyes. When the Tooth Fairy reaches under Kaylee’s pillow for a tooth, what she gets is a fake frog. But she responds with real frogs! What ensues is a battle of pranks that gets very messy, with desserts thrown all over the kitchen, water sprayed everywhere, and loads of trouble. After their wild romp gets out of hand, they clean up together, share fairy-dust cookies, and become prank-pulling princess friends. The illustrations are endearing and expressive, done in a neutral palette with just enough pink and glitter to attract princess lovers to this decidedly unladylike tale.

A fun read for every young practical jokester who fantasizes about meeting their match. (Picture book. 4-9)

Pub Date: May 1, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-4814-6732-2

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Aladdin

Review Posted Online: March 4, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2018

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Give this to the sparkle- and cupcake-obsessed child in your life

UNICORN DAY

Fabled equines party and play in a bright confection of a picture book.

“Hooray! Hooray! It’s Unicorn Day!” In galloping rhyming text that mostly scans, a community of chipper, bright-eyed unicorns obeys the three rules of Unicorn Day: “Show off your horn,” “Fluff up that hair,” and “Have fun, fun, fun!” They dance, frolic with butterflies, and of course eat cupcakes. But then they discover an interloper: A dun-colored quadruped, with a horn suspiciously attached with string, is outed as a horse. He mopes off, but the unicorns come running after—“they don’t want to lose a friend!”—and his horn is tied back on. With tension limited to a page turn, this very minor climax is resolved immediately. Then it’s back to the fun, as lots of other creatures (human children, a rainbow octopus, a Yeti, and more) join the unicorn parade with their own tied-on horns. Is this an allegory about straight people at pride parades? An argument that appropriation is OK sometimes? Should one read meaning into the identity of the only brown “unicorn”? Or is it just a zany, philosophy-free, sugar-fueled opposite-of-a-bedtime story? Regardless of subtext, conscious or otherwise, kiddie readers hungry for fluff will be drawn to the bright, energetic illustrations as to cotton candy.

Give this to the sparkle- and cupcake-obsessed child in your life . (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: June 4, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-4926-6722-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Review Posted Online: March 17, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 2019

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Breaking the bounds of a traditional picture book, Iris’ creative growth elevates us all.

LIFT

Bridging the gap between picture book and graphic novel, this charmer catapults a simple storyline of sibling jealousy into outer space.

Iris, the older of two small children, always has the job of pushing the button on the elevator. “Up or down, our floor or the lobby, I always get to push the button.” One day, her toddler sibling reaches out and pushes the button before she can. Their parents’ joy over the smaller child’s new trick is pure betrayal to Iris. The baby has stolen her job, just like her stuffed tiger. Lê and Santat, creators of Asian/Pacific Award–winner Drawn Together (2018), have produced another inspired storyline fueled by emotions that come alive with magnetic illustrations. Dark frames around each scene keep the focus on Iris, a black-haired girl with expressive eyes that pierce through her messy bangs. (The whole family has black hair and pale skin.) Styled like a graphic novel’s, the illustrations focus on Iris’ feelings as she imagines a new elevator button, one that she can control, with the magical ability to transport her to other worlds. Frustration, invention, escape, wonder—all move across the pages with immediacy. Like Sendak’s Max, Iris uses anger to lift her away from the real world into jungles and outer space. And she returns to her room changed.

Breaking the bounds of a traditional picture book, Iris’ creative growth elevates us all. (Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: May 5, 2020

ISBN: 978-1-368-03692-4

Page Count: 56

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion/LBYR

Review Posted Online: Feb. 9, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2020

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