Top positive review
Reassuring and realistic - great for anxious kids
March 8, 2018
My 5-year-old son is a worrier, and often he doesn't want to talk to us about the things that are bothering him. Reading books about emotions or difficult subjects helps him to process his feelings and open up a little, so when he got his first loose tooth sooner than we expected, I looked at the library for books about losing teeth. The only ones I could find were silly/funny and were more about the tooth fairy than the kids. I wanted something that was realistic and talked about the emotional side, and I was very happy that I found this book online. It's exactly what I was looking for - it's a straightforward story, Truman experiences both positive and negative emotions about his loose tooth, and it turns out well in the end. When the book arrived, we read it right away and multiple times that same day, and my son still enjoys hearing it a few weeks later. Like Truman in the story, my son was worried and didn't know what to do when he noticed that his tooth was wiggling, so it was reassuring to him that other kids feel this way and that there are good parts about losing a tooth too. Now he's very excited for his tooth to fall out so he can get a reward from the tooth fairy! I will say this book isn't the best from a literary perspective. It's more wordy than it needs to be, and some of the dialogue is awkward (doesn't sound like the way real people talk). Sometimes I change the words as I'm reading so it sounds better to me, but the message and pictures are perfect, so I don't mind that part.