From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2 Emily, an orange striped cat, is anxious and excited about her first loose tooth. In a series of letters, she tells the Tooth Fairy about her favorite colors and trinkets, and includes a drawing of herself so that her magical visitor will know what she looks like. Following her brother's advice, Emily eats apples, peanut butter, and cookies to dislodge her tooth, but it finally comes out when she bites a marshmallow. The youngster places it under her pillow and, after much effort, falls asleep. She awakens to find a bracelet and a self-portrait from the Tooth Fairy, and looks forward to her next loose tooth. Beginning readers will enjoy Emily's zeal and share her angst about this common rite of passage. They may also be inspired to write a few letters. Ruelle's colorful cartoons depict a cast of appealing feline characters. A charming addition to books on this topic, including Anastasia Suen's Loose Tooth
(Viking, 2002), Jon Buller and Susan Schade's No Tooth, No Quarter!
(Random, 1989), and Anne Bowen's Tooth Fairy's First Night
(Carolrhoda, 2005). Laura Scott, Farmington Community Library, MI
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Gr. 1-3. Eleventh in the series of Harry & Emily Adventures, this Holiday House Reader offers five entertaining, satisfying chapters about a familiar rite of passage. When Emily's first baby tooth jiggles, big brother Harry explains what to expect when it falls out: "You can't see [the Tooth Fairy]. . . . You will be asleep when she comes." Emily replies, "We'll see." The stage is set for a small drama that realistically reflects childhood curiosity and resourcefulness (she writes letters to the Tooth Fairy, set apart from the main text through handwriting-style typography). A clever conclusion provides enough sly subtext to delight readers who already understand what the Tooth Fairy has in common with Santa and the Easter Bunny, without deflating the expectations of children awaiting their own magical visits. In art reminiscent of the childlike renderings of Nicole Rubel in the Rotten Ralph series, Ruelle constructs her feline characters from stylized ink outlines and simple watercolor washes, subdued enough not to distract young readers focused on decoding the words. Jennifer MattsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved