From School Library Journal
Grade 2–3—Polly's first day in third grade includes filling out a giant graph of how many baby teeth each student has lost. Polly is the only one who hasn't lost any, so Zachary, a new boy, teases her by calling her "Babyteeth." The next day, when she loses her tooth, she is hopeful that she's not too old for a visit from the tooth fairy. The first night, though, the tooth fairy forgets to come. Polly lies to Zachary that the tooth fairy brought a picture of herself. The second night, Polly takes a picture of the tooth fairy, who looks a lot like her mom. The girl has been observing that Zachary is alone at recess, and she befriends him. A cheerful, black-and-white cartoon drawing appears in each chapter. This ordinary story has some character development as Polly realizes that Zachary doesn't know how to socialize with her effectively.—Debbie S. Hoskins, Grand Rapids Public Library, MI
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Polly is the only third-grader who has not lost even one baby tooth. Maybe her baby brother's babyishness is contagious and is making her a baby, too. At last Polly's loose tooth finally does come out, but she worries if she is too old for a visit from the tooth fairy. With occasional, cheerful, full-page black-and-white drawings, this debut effort gets the young grade-schooler’s viewpoint just right, at school and at home. Polly feels bad that she is mean to Zachary, the lonely new kid in class, even if he does tease her about the tooth fairy. Then there is the drama over the tooth fairy’s identity. Polly even sets up a camera to catch the night visitor in action. Readers will recognize, though, that she has guessed the truth all along. The mixed feelings are all authentic: Polly’s love and jealousy of her baby brother, her reaching out to the lonely kid, and especially her longing to hold on to the childish fantasy. Grades 2-4. --Hazel Rochman