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REVIEW: How to Trick the Tooth Fairy by Erin Danielle Russell

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Title: How to Trick the Tooth Fairy

Author: Erin Danielle Russell

Illustrator: Jennifer Hansen Rolli

Published: May 2018

Theme: Pranks

Character Origin: Human

Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 40

Ages: 4-8 | Book Level: 2.5 | Lexile Measure: AD570L   

Synopsis: Kaylee loves pulling pranks: from dropping water balloons on passers by to even tricking Santa Claus, she’s a prize-winning prankster!

But is she the Princess of Pranks? No! That title is held by none other than the Tooth Fairy. But when Kaylee loses a tooth and the Tooth Fairy goes about her usual tooth-taking business, Kaylee pranks her with a fake frog. As Kaylee and the Tooth Fairy try to out-prank one another, things get way out of hand, until the two finally see eye and eye and decide to share the crown!

My thoughts…

Let me start by saying that I loved that the main character had brown skin AND curly hair. That is so refreshing to see. This is a really cute story. The pranks exchanged between Kaylee and the Tooth Fairy were really silly. I didn’t really like the paper of this book. I’m a fan of the glossy pages. They are easier to turn especially for little hands and the pages don’t stain as easily.

Rolli’s illustrations were the highlight of the book and quite delightful. This is an easy read for early readers. The words were clear and the font size allows for easy finger-pointing. The callouts were a nice touch too. Kids will be able to relate to the Tooth Fairy and maybe even get a giggle or two out of the pranks that her and Kaylee play on each other.

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REVIEW: The Terrible Two by Jory John and Mac Barnett

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Title: The Terrible Two

Author: Jory John & Mac Barnett

Illustrator: Kevin Cornell

Published: January 13, 2015

Theme: Pranks and Rivalry

Character Origin: Human

Book Type: Middle School | Pages: 224

Ages: 8-12 | Book Level: 4.5 | Lexile Measure: 620L

Synopsis: Miles Murphy is not happy to be moving to Yawnee Valley, a sleepy town that’s famous for one thing and one thing only: cows. In his old school, everyone knew him as the town’s best prankster, but Miles quickly discovers that Yawnee Valley already has a prankster, and a great one. If Miles is going to take the title from this mystery kid, he is going to have to raise his game.

My summary…

This is the first book in The Terrible Two book series. Miles Murphy reluctantly moves to Yawnee Valley where he hopes to be the school’s biggest prankster but at Yawnee Valley Science and Letters Academy he’ll meet his match.

My thoughts…

This book had me in stitches. My 13-year old son would thoroughly enjoy reading this one. It will connect most with boys from ages 11-13. Not to say girls won’t like it though. I will mention that there is some deception and deflection in the story but it is appropriate and adds to the storyline. The pranks are well thought out and the competition between Miles and Niles takes on a life of its own.

Cornell’s illustrations were a gratifying complement to the text. I cannot express how much I LOVED Niles’s “School Helper” creepy, smiling face. It was a true highlight for me (HA!). Middle school students will find this book easy to read and relate to the humor. They will be eager to see what else “The Terrible Two” are up to in the other books in the series. John and Barnett have presented a Pranksters Masterclass.

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