A funny, enjoyable fairy tale and hygiene guide.




Kids learn about the Tooth Fairy, Prince Plaque, and brave Sir Brushalot in Wilms’ picture book.

When Nicholas isn’t sure about giving up his baby tooth for the Tooth Fairy, his mother tells him and his two siblings the story of Pearly White City, home of the Tooth Fairy and the Tooth-Making Factory. There, citizens create grown-up teeth that grow into the holes that baby teeth leave behind. The city’s greatest enemy is Prince Plaque, whose evil wizards tempt children with sugar potions. He and his Tartar Troopers attack the city three times daily only to be foiled by Sir Brushalot, the Tooth Fairy’s brother and the leader of the Knights of Floss. At story’s end, the children brush and floss to fight Prince Plaque. The ongoing battle between plaque and brushing has never been so much fun, and Wilms’ characters make delightful additions to the traditional Tooth Fairy legend. The main characters in Starikova-Abud’s (I’m Awesome Because, 2014) bright illustrations all appear to be white, but the smiling people of Pearly White City are more diverse; young readers will gravitate toward the colorful images and charming cast. (The book may be purchased as part of a kit that contains toothbrushes and a plush doll of Den-Tist, Sir Brushalot’s horse.)

A funny, enjoyable fairy tale and hygiene guide.

Pub Date: Dec. 4, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-5255-0643-7

Page Count: 44

Publisher: FriesenPress

Review Posted Online: Jan. 24, 2018

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 2018

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This companion piece to the other fairy tales Marcia Brown has interpreted (see Puss In Boots, 1952, p. 548 and others) has the smoothness of a good translation and a unique charm to her feathery light pictures. The pictures have been done in sunset colors and the spreads on each page as they illustrate the story have the cumulative effect of soft cloud banks. Gentle.

Pub Date: June 15, 1954

ISBN: 0684126761

Page Count: 40

Publisher: Scribner

Review Posted Online: Oct. 26, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1954

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Ordinary kids in an extraordinary setting: still a recipe for bright achievements and belly laughs.


Rejoice! 25 years later, Wayside School is still in session, and the children in Mrs. Jewls’ 30th-floor classroom haven’t changed a bit.

The surreal yet oddly educational nature of their misadventures hasn’t either. There are out-and-out rib ticklers, such as a spelling lesson featuring made-up words and a determined class effort to collect 1 million nail clippings. Additionally, mean queen Kathy steps through a mirror that turns her weirdly nice and she discovers that she likes it, a four-way friendship survives a dumpster dive after lost homework, and Mrs. Jewls makes sure that a long-threatened “Ultimate Test” allows every student to show off a special talent. Episodic though the 30 new chapters are, there are continuing elements that bind them—even to previous outings, such as the note to an elusive teacher Calvin has been carrying since Sideways Stories From Wayside School (1978) and finally delivers. Add to that plenty of deadpan dialogue (“Arithmetic makes my brain numb,” complains Dameon. “That’s why they’re called ‘numb-ers,’ ” explains D.J.) and a wild storm from the titular cloud that shuffles the school’s contents “like a deck of cards,” and Sachar once again dishes up a confection as scrambled and delicious as lunch lady Miss Mush’s improvised “Rainbow Stew.” Diversity is primarily conveyed in the illustrations.

Ordinary kids in an extraordinary setting: still a recipe for bright achievements and belly laughs. (Fiction. 9-11)

Pub Date: March 3, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-06-296538-7

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: Sept. 29, 2019

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 2019

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