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The Flim-Flam Fairies Hardcover – July 29, 2008
"Sacramento Book Review," September 2008
"An entertaining book of Tooth Fairy alternatives...The illustrations are appropriately tacky and entertaining for children. Following other gross stories like Walter the Farting Dog, The Flim-Flam Fairies will be a requested story by children, if only to see their parents squirm." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Michael Slack is an artist, character designer, and occasional animator. His illustrations have appeared in Time, Nickelodeon, Ranger Rick, Computer Gaming World, and the New York Times. His animations have been screened internationally and shown on Noggin TV, Noggin Online, and on Animation Express. He won an Altpick Award in 2003. He lives in Pleasant Hill, California. Please visit him at www.slackart.com.
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Most of these books seek to reassure kids in some way with the prospect of getting rewards for losing their teeth. Most of them feature girly tooth fairies. Oh, some are more active than others, but (with the exception of the one in Andrew's Loose Tooth, another book I highly recommend) they're all clean and diligent, at least.
Ever occur to you that that's a bit boring? That maaaaaybe what the tooth fairy genre really needs is some gross, gross, grosser-than-gross potty humor? Some fart fairies, earwax fairies, booger fairies...?
Yeah, me either. And yet, that's what this book serves up, a bundle of unwashed flim-flammers trying to convince you to put all sorts of disgusting things under your pillow, things INSTEAD of teeth. They argue, they interrupt each other - and they drive the real tooth fairy up a wall. It's great fun, and any child who thinks they're too grown-up for the tooth fairy, or who likes gross-out stories (girls go through that phase too, of course) is SURE to love this book.
Just... uh... if you're using it as a read-aloud, you might not want to read it on a full stomach. Blech.
The illustrations were colorful and imaginative, but over the top in grossness factor. As a fan of Captain Underpants, I have got to say this book took potty talk and nastiness to a whole new level. I wavered between 3 and 4 stars, but I couldn't give it 4. There is no story line or plot. This book is simply One page of gross out after another.
This book is advertized for ages 5 and up. I would save it for slightly older children such as at least seven or up or children who are old enough to know better than to dig a Q-tip in their ears looking for treasure or to leave nasty nasty surprises under their pillows.
Don't worry, the Tooth Fairy soon puts these fake fairies in their place. But in the meantime, your little boy will delight in the cumulative introduction of a group of faux fairies whose deals sound like the patter of used-car salesmen and late-night infomercials. Which is half the fun, of course: your wide-eyed child will readily agree with you that the offers sound more than a bit fishy.
Michael Slack's illustrations are hilarious, with lots of nasty goop presented in a somehow clean, graphic style and a group of characters rendered in a cartoonish/CGI way. I had a lot of fun comparing the wings of each fairy--all are slightly different and look like they've been slapped onto the backs of a group of out-of-this-world miniature Mafia thugs.
Seriously, give up on that sweet old classic picture book which leaves your kid yawning. And if you're a fan of Walter the Farting dog, let me just point out that it's not nearly as well written as Alan Katz's wonderful new work, The Flim-Flam Fairies.