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April and Esme, tooth fairies

1st U.S. ed.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, ©2010.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
On their first assignment, two young tooth fairy sisters journey by night into the huge world of humans to collect Daniel Dangerfield's tooth and fly it safely home.
Reading Level:
Elementary Grade.

470 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader 2.8.

Reading Counts! 1.5.

Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 138132.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.5 1 Quiz: 50138.


Call Number
JP Gra
JP Gra

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Two young tooth fairies make their first lost-tooth collection in Bob Graham's warm, whimsical tale.

A Junior Library Guild Selection. April Underhill, seven-year-old tooth fairy, gets a call on her cell phone. This is it! Her first tooth collection. April and her little sister, Esme, must convince Mom and Dad to let them take on the task all by themselves. But soon, two tiny fairies fly off into the night, over a highway of thundering eighteen-wheelers, eager to prove how grown up they can be. As always, the charm is in the visual details: the pony-tailed, winged dad in baggy jeans; the snug fairy house with teeth dangling from the rafters like wind chimes. Once again, Bob Graham has crafted a tale of heartwarming adventure, magical yet very real.

Author Notes

Author and illustrator, Bob Graham was born in 1942 in Sydney, Australia. He attended Julian Ashton Art School where he studied drawing and painting.

His first picture book Pete and Roland was published in 1981. He has written and illustrated over 25 books including "Crusher Is Coming," "Jethro Byrd," "Rose Meets Mr. Wintergarten" and "The Adventures of Charlotte and Henry."

His works have earned him numerous awards and recognition. He has won the Children's Book Council of Australia award four times, the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Human Rights Award, the Smarties Book Prize and the UNICEF Bologna Illustrator of the Year award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Times have changed. Tooth fairies now have cell phones. Males wear jeans and tie their hair back in ponytails. Females use blow dryers. And so it happens one day that a (human) Grandma specifically asks for April and Esme to make their first-ever "tooth visit" to her grandson. Mom and Dad think they're too young, but eventually are persuaded to let the young sprites fly off to Daniel's home. "Send me a text if you need to," says Mom. After an uneventful, but windy flight, the pair lands at the boy's home on Cornflower Terrace. Sneaking in, they successfully retrieve his tooth and leave a nice coin in its place. Graham's trademark ink-and-watercolor illustrations are whimsical and delightful at times, but the story is weak. It is never quite explained how Grandma even knew about the fledgling fairies or why she wanted them to make the official visit. A supplemental purchase.-Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Graham (How to Heal a Broken Wing) serves up a sweetly comic adventure starring a family of tooth fairies. Seven-year-old April Underhill has been summoned by cellphone to perform her very first nighttime tooth collection. She and her six-year-old sister, Esme, persuade their concerned parents that they are up to the task and set off into the night. Courage, pluck, and derring-do guide them most of the way-but a quick text message from Mommy ensures that the girls add the proper finishing touch to the job. Graham excels at blending nostalgic family stories with a contemporary sensibility. As always, there's plenty of story to be gleaned from his airy ink-and-watercolor compositions. The Underhills live in a tiny fairy house near a tree stump. All members of the clan have crisp white wings-even the dog-and all are dressed in modern clothing and use cellphones and environmentally friendly string bags in their work. A mix of spot art, comic panels, and spreads invite readers into this magical but never truly unfamiliar world. Ages 5-7. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

Young tooth fairies April, seven, and Esme, six, collect their very first tooth. Usually Mom and Dad do the tooth visits, but when April gets a call on her cell from a grandma requesting that she and Esme collect her grandson's first lost tooth, the sisters convince their parents that they're old enough. Dad reminds them they must never be seen; Mom says, "Send me a text if you need to" -- and they're off into the night, carrying a coin in a string bag. The girls solve one problem on their own (unexpectedly, the tooth is in a cup of water; April dives for it), then text Mom for help with the second (the boy sees them for a moment; soothing him back to sleep and whispering "you dreamed us" into his ear solves that). Soon they're flying back, having traded coin for tooth. Young audiences will linger over the detailed illustrations that bring to life Graham's gentle tale: inside the tooth fairy family's tiny thatched cottage, teeth dangle from strings like wind chimes; tiny animals made with teeth adorn shelves; the bathtub's a milk pitcher, the toilet's an eggcup, the sink's a thimble. Everyone's wings (even the dog has 'em) are more moth than fairy, which suits these thoroughly modern, natural rather than fantastical, creatures. jennifer m. brabander (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* It's easy to miss the very beginning of this story, which starts before the title page. April, a seven-year-old fairy, gets a call on her cell phone. A boy has lost his tooth. Can April come pick it up, his grandma wonders? Well, no. April and sister Esme are too young for that. But when the grandma insists, they decide to give it a go. At first, their parents put up a fight, but the sisters remind them that back in the day, fairies started young. And so, packed with plenty of advice and cautions, the girls set out into the night, encountering the wind and an owl, until they drop down at Daniel's house. They find the tooth, almost get caught, must make some crucial decisions, are tempted by Grandma's false teeth, and return in one piece, a rite of passage now finished. There's so much wonderful whimsy here, it's hard to know what to praise first. As always, a major treat is Graham's detail-filled artwork, here punctuated by a fairy toilet made from an egg cup and ceiling decorations of hanging teeth. But Graham also slyly covers some interesting issues as well: the cocoon in which parents like to keep their kiddies, alternative families, and the pride and accomplishment children feel with a job well done. Fresh and lots of fun.--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist