The Toothless Tooth Fairy

If you read this review before bed tonight, there might just be a shiny new quarter waiting for you under your pillow in the morning...           

THREE PROS
*The characters drawn by Anca Delia Budeanu are so perfect for the story -- in fact, I could easily see them in licensed boxes at my local toy store
*As you'll see below, there are a few gaps in author Shanelle Hicks' plot that I would have tinkered with, but they don't detract all that much from what felt like a nicely-paced and cute story 
*Making tooth fairydom a job, complete with scheduled rotations and a home office, was something I had never thought of (and will likely use when teeth start to drop like flies around here)   

THREE CONS 
*My biggest gripe is how the book proposes that hugging a bullying antagonist might fix the problem -- in real life, I doubt this method would be all that successful (though one can dream)
*Given the relative size of their heads, I can't get past the idea of a tiny fairy fitting a kid's incisor in her own mouth, even temporarily  
*Where's the justice for the other five finalists in the Smile Contest when the judges change the name of the top prize and award it to a contestant who bounced off a wall and lost a tooth and the person responsible for these mishaps 

ONE DAD'S OPINION
For starters, let me disclose that my daughter is still about a year away from really understanding the things we read to her.  So, while she enjoyed the pictures as much as I did, I leaned much more heavily on my son for feedback.  He liked the book despite the obvious disconnect between "fairy" tales and boys who talk about Transformers daily.  Lumping their votes in with my own pros and cons still doesn't quite get me to a Buy, but I think it has enough teeth to take a bite out of a Borrow...                              

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Mr. Pickles Paints The Town

I wish more people still used the phrase "full of piss and vinegar" these days.  Had to get that off my chest.           

THREE PROS
*Absolutely love the vibrancy of the illustrations -- a book about colors that doesn't pop would never work for me
*Really gets your child thinking outside of the box by allowing them to envision how she or he would repaint the world if given the chance 
*Even though this conflicts somewhat with the second con below, my son thought it was funny how Peter Pickles just couldn't seem to get it right   

THREE CONS 
*There are some great rhymes in here, but they are partially lost due to too much filler text around them
*If author Ashley B. Ritchie had allowed Peter to paint things according to his 'vision' (instead of quickly agreeing to the norms suggested by various citizens along the way), I think the potential for Buy status would have been higher  
*Perhaps a page detailing why this gherkin was chosen for the task would have helped round things out as well 

ONE DAD'S OPINION
Looks like we have a classic dill-emma on our hands here!  In short, how does one rate a book that lays out the framework for something magical but doesn't quite connect all the dots?  Seems like a Borrow at first blush, but let's take an extra second to marinate on this.  Hmm, some of these cons are rather sour, yet our family did not mind reopening the jar for seconds.  Yep, that confirms it!!                              

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