By Martha Brockenbrough, Illustrated by Israel Sanchez
Arthur A. Levine Books, $16.99, 32 pages
The Tooth Fairy is one hardworking lady. Every night she looks under the pillows of children who have lost teeth and she collects their precious pearly whites. But did you know that there is also a Dinosaur Tooth Fairy? Long ago, when dinosaurs still roamed the earth, the Dinosaur Tooth Fairy stayed busy collecting molars from the Gigantosaurus and fangs from the yawning duck-billed Hadrosaur. But when the dinos died out, so did the job of the Dino Tooth Fairy! Now the poor gal lives all alone in a museum of truly old things. She spends her days polishing her giant collection of dinosaur teeth. It’s been so long since she’s found a new tooth! One day a school group visits the museum on a field trip. Suddenly a little girl loses a tooth! The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy knows she wants it, but the collection process has certainly changed since the Mesozoic era. Now there are lots of challenges to contend with – a doorknob (the one-eyed doorknobosaurus), a slobbering dog (look at the fangs on that beast!) and even the real Tooth Fairy (who also wants the tooth). Who will ultimately get it? Can two rivals become friends?
The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy, by Martha Brockenbrough, is a touching story about two magical beings who find friendship while competing over a young girl’s tooth. Israel Sanchez’s illustrations are laugh-out-loud funny and quite charming. Both Tooth Fairies have quirky personalities and can-do attitudes. Brockenbrough is donating ten percent of royalties to Kids International Dental Services, which provides pro bono dental care to impoverished children in developing countries.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Franklin